A wooden handled hatchet.
An example of a hatchet is an Indian tomahawk.
- 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
Origin of hatchetMiddle English hachet from Old French hachette, diminutive of hache, an ax: see hachure
bury the hatchet
Origin of hatchetin allusion to an American Indian peacemaking custom: see sense hatchet
- A small, short-handled axe for use in one hand.
- A tomahawk.
Origin of hatchetMiddle English hachet from Old French hachete diminutive of hache axe of Germanic origin 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”).