What does hatchet mean?

Definitions for hatchet
ˈhætʃ ɪthatch·et

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tomahawk, hatchetnoun

    weapon consisting of a fighting ax; used by North American Indians

  2. hatchetnoun

    a small ax with a short handle used with one hand (usually to chop wood)


  1. hatchetnoun

    A small light axe with a short handle; a tomahawk.

  2. hatchetverb

    To cut with a hatchet.

  3. Etymology: From hachette, diminutive of hache, from happa.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HATCHETnoun

    A small axe.

    Etymology: hache, hachette, French; ascia, Latin.

    The hatchet is to hew the irregularities of pieces of stuff. Joseph Moxon, Mech. Exer.

    His harmful hatchet he hent in his hand,
    And to the field he speedeth. Edmund Spenser, Pastorals.

    Ye shall have a hempen caudle then, and the help of a hatchet. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. ii.

    Nails, hammers, hatchets sharp, and halters strong,
    Swords, spears, twice dipt in the dire stains
    Of brothers blood. Richard Crashaw.

    Tyrrheus, the foster-father of the beast,
    Then clench’d a hatchet in his horny fist. John Dryden, Æn.

    Our countryman presented him with a curious hatchet; and asking him whether it had a good edge, tried it upon the donor. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.


  1. Hatchet

    A hatchet (from the Old French hachete, a diminutive form of hache, 'axe' of Germanic origin) is a single-handed striking tool with a sharp blade on one side used to cut and split wood, and a hammerhead on the other side. Hatchets may also be used for hewing when making flattened surfaces on logs; when the hatchet head is optimized for this purpose it is called a hewing hatchet.Although hand axe and hatchet are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. A hand axe is essentially a miniature axe with a flat butt or poll on the back side of the head, whereas a hatchet has a hammerhead on the back.Hatchets can do some work of a pocketknife when one is not present, or create fire through sparks and friction when a lighter is not. "Burying the hatchet" is a phrase meaning "making peace", attributed to an Iroquois tradition of hiding or putting away a tomahawk after a peace agreement. "Hatchet" was used to describe a battle axe in Middle English.


  1. hatchet

    A hatchet is a small axe-like tool, usually with a short handle. It is used for cutting, splitting or shaping wood. It's often lightweight and portable, designed for one-handed use.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hatchetnoun

    a small ax with a short handle, to be used with one hand

  2. Hatchetnoun

    specifically, a tomahawk

  3. Etymology: [F. hachette, dim. of hache ax. See 1st Hatch, Hash.]


  1. Hatchet

    A hatchet is a single-handed striking tool with a sharp blade used to cut and split wood. Hatchets may also be used for hewing when making flattened surfaces on logs; when the hatchet head is optimized for this purpose it is called a broadaxe. A hatchet is simply a small axe. Under this definition, modern hand axes and tomahawks are both forms of hatchets. Hatchets have a variety of uses, such as tasks normally done by a pocket knife when one is not present. The hatchet can also be used to create a fire through sparks and friction. Hatchet throwing is increasing in popularity. Burying the hatchet has become a phrase meaning to make peace, due to the Native American tradition of hiding or putting away a tomahawk when a peace agreement was made.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hatchet

    hach′et, n. a small axe used by one hand.—adjs. Hatch′et-faced, having a thin, sharp-featured face; Hatch′ety, like a hatchet.—Bury the hatchet, to put an end to war, from the habit of the North American Indians. [Fr. hachette, hacher, to chop.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. hatchet

    A small, light sort of axe, with a bazil edge on the left side, and a short handle. It is used by soldiers for cutting wood to make fascines, gabions, pickets, etc. To take up the hatchet, among the Indians, to declare war, to commence hostilities, etc. To bury the hatchet, to make peace.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hatchet is ranked #74375 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hatchet surname appeared 260 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hatchet.

    73.4% or 191 total occurrences were Black.
    23.8% or 62 total occurrences were White.
    2.3% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hatchet in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hatchet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of hatchet in a Sentence

  1. Lyle Mitchell:

    I was to drive my Jeep and bring my cell phone, GPS, clothes, a gun, tents, sleeping bags, hatchet, fishing poles, and money from a package I never picked up, after I picked them up, the plan was to drive to my home and Inmate Matt was going to kill 'the glitch.' Inmate Matt referred to Lyle as 'the glitch.' After Inmate Matt killed Lyle, we were going to drive somewhere. I can't remember where we were going to go, but I know I was told it was around six-seven hours away.

  2. Stephanie Drumheller:

    Allosaurus might not have been as big as T. rex, but it was no slouch as an apex predator, it was able to hyper-extend its jaw for a super-wide gape. It was a hatchet feeder like a hawk, meaning it would chop into prey with its head. It had long arms with grasping claws and a strong bite force. Track sites suggest it might have been a long-distance hunter that would follow herds for miles to pick off prey.

  3. Sydney Harris:

    There's no point in burying the hatchet if you're going to put up a marker on the site.

  4. Kin Hubbard:

    Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet.

  5. Ben Carson:

    We buried the hatchet. That was political stuff, i have found in talking with him, that there's a lot more alignment, philosophically and spiritually, than I ever thought that there was.

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