hash

1 of 3

verb

hashed; hashing; hashes

transitive verb

1
a
: to chop (food, such as meat and potatoes) into small pieces
2
: to talk about : review
often used with over or out
hash over a problemhashing out their differences

hash

2 of 3

noun (1)

1
: chopped food
specifically : chopped meat mixed with potatoes and browned
2
: a restatement of something that is already known
the same old hash
3
b
: a confused muddle
made a hash of the whole project
4

hash

3 of 3

noun (2)

Example Sentences

Verb he hashed some roast beef, put it in a pie shell, and topped it with a layer of mashed potatoes the bookkeeper had so hashed the figures it took weeks to straighten out the accounts

Word History

Etymology

Verb

French hacher, from Old French hachier, from hache battle-ax, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German hāppa sickle; akin to Greek koptein to cut — more at capon

First Known Use

Verb

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hash was in 1615

Dictionary Entries Near hash

Cite this Entry

“Hash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hash. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

hash

1 of 3 verb
1
a
: to chop into small pieces
2
: to talk about : discuss
hashed over the problem

hash

2 of 3 noun
1
: chopped meat mixed with potatoes and browned
2
: a mixture of many different things

hash

3 of 3 noun

Medical Definition

hash

noun

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