Shaft Definition

shăft
shafted, shafting, shafts
noun
shafts
The main axis of a feather, especially its distal portion.
American Heritage Medicine
The long stem or body of an arrow or spear.
Webster's New World
A long, slender part or object.
Webster's New World
A missile or something that seems to be hurled like a missile; bolt.
Shafts of lightning, derision, etc.
Webster's New World
The section of a hair projecting from the surface of the body.
American Heritage Medicine
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verb
shafted, shafting, shafts
To cheat, trick, exploit, etc.
Webster's New World
To equip with a shaft.
American Heritage
To treat in a harsh, unfair way.
American Heritage
To penetrate (someone) sexually.
American Heritage
To shaft is to treat someone harshly or unfairly.
When you stiff someone on pay you owe him, this is an example of a time when you shaft him.
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idiom
get the shaft
  • to be cheated, tricked, etc.
Webster's New World
give someone the shaft
  • to cheat or trick someone
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Shaft

Noun

Singular:
shaft
Plural:
shafts

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Shaft

  • get the shaft
  • give someone the shaft

Origin of Shaft

  • Middle English from Old English sceaft

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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