Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See harquebus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as harquebus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an obsolete firearm with a long barrel

Etymologies

French haquebute, from Old French hacquebute, alteration (influenced by buter, to aim at) of Middle Dutch hakebus; see harquebus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Halbert was aye skipping up and down like a roo, and his brother used to sit in the chimney nook with his book and sic-like trash — But the lad was like a loaded hackbut, which will stand in the corner as quiet as an old crutch until ye draw the trigger, and then there is nothing but flash and smoke. —

    The Monastery

  • A kitchen jack leaned against a pyx, a republican sabre on a mediaeval hackbut.

    The Magic Skin

  • In the mean time, you may amuse yourself with my suspense, and put all the justices of peace in requisition, in case I come into your county with 'hackbut bent.'

    Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 3 (of 6) With His Letters and Journals

  • Halbert was aye skipping up and down like a roo, and his brother used to sit in the chimney nook with his book and sic-like trash -- But the lad was like a loaded hackbut, which will stand in the corner as quiet as an old crutch until ye draw the trigger, and then there is nothing but flash and smoke.

    The Monastery

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