[ shaft, shahft ]
/ ʃæft, ʃɑft /


verb (used with object)

to push or propel with a pole: to shaft a boat through a tunnel.
Informal. to treat in a harsh, unfair, or treacherous manner.

Origin of shaft

before 1000; Middle English; Old English sceaft; cognate with German Schaft; compare Latin scāpus shaft, Greek skêptron scepter
Related formsshaft·less, adjectiveshaft·like, adjectivesub·shaft, nounun·shaft·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shaft


/ (ʃɑːft) /



slang to have sexual intercourse with (a woman)
slang to trick or cheat

Word Origin for shaft

Old English sceaft; related to Old Norse skapt, German Schaft, Latin scāpus shaft, Greek skeptron sceptre, Lettish skeps javelin
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Medicine definitions for shaft


[ shăft ]


An elongated rodlike structure, such as the midsection of a long bone.
The section of a hair projecting from the surface of the body.
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