Definition of hasp in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɑːsp/


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1A slotted hinged metal plate forming part of a fastening for a door or lid, fitted over a loop and secured by a pin or padlock: the hut was always locked by a large padlock securing a hasp
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  • Unfortunately, most sheds are inherently weak and it isn't always appropriate to fit heavy-duty padlocks, hasps, and staples as the door may not be strong enough to support them.
  • Doors off to the left and right of us were secured with sturdy padlocks on steel hasps.
  • Anyway, this afternoon we spent an inordinately long time fixing a hasp and padlock to the garage.
1.1A slotted hinged plate on a trunk or suitcase with a projecting piece which is secured by the lock.
Example sentences
  • Smaller trunk locks have a spring-loaded latch, so when the trunk isn't locked the top half stays up out of the way. It has a hasp for a padlock, if you choose to use one.
  • On the suitcases, next to the shiny steel hasps, tiny numbers are set on metal wheels.
  • With a great flourish and lots of pride in their faces they removed the lock from the hasp and slowly opened the old box.


[with object] archaic
Lock (a door, window, or lid) by securing the hasp over the loop of the fastening: she went to the window and hasped it
More example sentences
  • I hasped the window; I tried to close his eyes - to extinguish, if possible, that frightful, life-like gaze of exultation, before any one else beheld it.
  • He then slipped out of the cabin, and hasped the door on the outside, in spite of Clarice's shrill and scathing disapproval.
  • There had been no answer to his knock; the door had been hasped on the outside, yet the first glance as he entered. made him realise that the place was empty of life.


Old English hæpse, hæsp, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch haspel and German Haspe.

Words that rhyme with hasp

clasp, gasp, grasp, rasp

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