hasp

A hasp is part of a latch or lock. Most hasps are flat metal plates with a hinge, often including a metal loop that a lock fits through.

If you've ever used a padlock, you've also used a hasp (probably without knowing what to call it). The metal plate that opens and closes and is held shut once you insert your padlock? That's a hasp! Hasp is a verb too, meaning "lock by securing a hasp," although it's rarely used today. The origin of this word isn't clear, but we know it's related to the Norse hespa, "fastening."

Definitions of hasp
1

n a fastener for a door or lid; a hinged metal plate is fitted over a staple and is locked with a pin or padlock

Type of:
catch
a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window

v secure or lock with a hasp

Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

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