: 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
hasp transitive verb

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lewis drove up to the house while Banker was attaching a hasp to the front door, police records state. Chicago Tribune, 6 Oct. 2022 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Hasp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hasp. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a fastener especially for a door or lid consisting of a hinged metal strap that fits over a staple and is held by a pin or padlock

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