- The definition of a hatchet is a small ax with a sharp blade and a short handle.
An example of a hatchet is an Indian tomahawk.
A wooden handled hatchet.
- a small ax with a short handle, for use with one hand: often the part of the head opposite the cutting edge is shaped like the striking portion of a hammerhead
- ☆ tomahawk
Origin of hatchetMiddle English hachet ; from Old French hachette, diminutive of hache, an ax: see hachure
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- A small, short-handled ax for use in one hand.
- A tomahawk.
Origin of hatchetMiddle English hachet, from Old French hachete, diminutive of hache, ax, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German happa, sickle.
(third-person singular simple present hatchets, present participle hatcheting or hatchetting, simple past and past participle hatcheted or hatchetted)
- To cut with a hatchet.
From French hachette, diminutive of hache (“axe”), from Old High German hāppa (“reaper, sickle”).