[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. shady,
  2. shaef,
  3. shaffer,
  4. shafi'i,
  5. shafiʿi,
  6. shaft alley,
  7. shaft feather,
  8. shaft grave,
  9. shaft horsepower,
  10. shaft house

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 shafted


/ (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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Word Origin and History for shafted
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Medicine definitions for shafted


[ 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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