hatchet

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English[edit]

A wooden-handled hatchet.

Etymology[edit]

From French hachette, diminutive of hache (axe), from Old High German hāppa (reaper, sickle), from Proto-Indo-European *kop- (to strike, to beat).

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Noun[edit]

hatchet (plural hatchets)

  1. A small light axe with a short handle; a tomahawk.
    • Longfellow
      Buried was the bloody hatchet.

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Verb[edit]

hatchet (third-person singular simple present hatchets, present participle hatcheting or hatchetting, simple past and past participle hatcheted or hatchetted)

  1. (transitive) To cut with a hatchet.