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hasp

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noun
  1. a clasp for a door, lid, etc., especially one passing over a staple and fastened by a pin or a padlock.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to fasten with or as with a hasp.
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Origin of hasp

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hæsp, hæpse; cognate with German Haspe hasp; akin to Dutch haspel reel, Old Norse hespa skein, hasp
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Examples from the Web for hasp

Historical Examples

  • Hands quivering, Thad snapped back the hasp, lifted the lid.

    Salvage in Space

    John Stewart Williamson

  • There was a slight crack, and it swung inwards as the screws of the hasp drew.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • She turned the key with a wrench, and the hasp shot from its place.

  • It was on the hasp, an' he pushed it open, an' keeked bauldly in.

  • He slipped down into the sloop and kicked loose the hasp of the hatch.


British Dictionary definitions for hasp

hasp

noun
  1. a metal fastening consisting of a hinged strap with a slot that fits over a staple and is secured by a pin, bolt, or padlock
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verb
  1. (tr) to secure (a door, window, etc) with a hasp
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Word Origin

Old English hæpse; related to Old Norse hespa, Old High German haspa hasp, Dutch haspel reel, Sanskrit capa bow
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Word Origin and History for hasp

n.

Old English hæpse "fastening, clip," with later Old English metathesis of -p- and -s-. Related to Old Norse hespa "hasp, fastening," Middle Dutch, German haspe "clamp, hinge, hook," of uncertain origin.

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