What does hatchet mean?

Definitions for hatchet
ˈhætʃ ɪthatch·et

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hatchet.

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.

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.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce hatchet?

How to say hatchet in sign language?


  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. Trish Oliphant:

    We encourage people to really bury the hatchet, so to speak, so they can move forward to a brighter and better future, it’s better than sitting home and eating a gallon of ice cream.

  2. Joe Biden:

    Let me make something clear to Trump and his hatchet men and the special interests funding his attacks against me, i'm not going anywhere. You're not going to destroy me. And you're not going to destroy my family. I don't care how much money you spend or how dirty the attacks get.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Carry Nation:

    I felt invincible. My strength was that of a giant. God was certainly standing by me. I smashed five saloons with rocks before I ever took a hatchet.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for hatchet

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for hatchet »


Find a translation for the hatchet definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these hatchet definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "hatchet." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 8 Dec. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/hatchet>.

    Are we missing a good definition for hatchet? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    the formation of vesicles in or beneath the skin
    • A. blistering
    • B. frantic
    • C. cosmopolitan
    • D. squashy

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for hatchet: