From Middle English hachet, a borrowing from Old French hachete, diminutive of hache (“axe”), from Frankish *hapja, *happija, from Proto-Germanic *hapjō, *habjō (“knife”), from Proto-Indo-European *kop- (“to strike, to beat”). Cognate with Old High German happa, heppa, habba (“reaper, sickle”), German Hippe (“billhook”).
- Rhymes: -ætʃɪt
hatchet (plural hatchets)
- (transitive) To cut with a hatchet.