\ ˈhasp How to pronounce hasp (audio) \

Definition of hasp

: any of several devices for fastening especially : a fastener especially for a door or lid consisting of a hinged metal strap that fits over a staple and is secured by a pin or padlock

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hasp transitive verb

Examples of hasp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Look for perforated, metal zipper pulls that accept small padlocks or sturdy latches with lock-hasp holes for securing with key or combination locks. The Editors, Field & Stream, 15 Sep. 2020 Cellar Door Chocolates will have to pay any expense for changing the locks or using a hasp and padlock, according to Wingate's ruling. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, 14 Feb. 2020 According to the sheriff’s office, investigators found two wooden cages that had hasp latches and locking mechanisms. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 16 Jan. 2020 Traditionally, one of the big dangers with winches is metal components—the hasp and shackles—flying back at you with deadly force. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of hasp

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hasp

Middle English, alteration from Old English hæpse; akin to Middle High German haspe hasp

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The first known use of hasp was before the 12th century

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“Hasp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hasp. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hasp

: a device that is used to fasten a door, lid, etc.


\ ˈhasp How to pronounce hasp (audio) \

Kids Definition of hasp

: a fastener (as for a door) consisting of a hinged metal strap that fits over a metal loop and is held by a pin or padlock

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