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

  • n. A dish of chopped meat, potatoes, and sometimes vegetables, usually browned.
  • n. A jumble; a hodgepodge.
  • n. Informal A mess: made a hash of the project.
  • n. A reworking or restatement of already familiar material.
  • transitive v. To chop into pieces; mince.
  • transitive v. Informal To make a mess of; mangle.
  • transitive v. Informal To discuss carefully; review: hash over future plans; hash out a solution.
  • idiom settle (someone's) hash Slang To silence or subdue.
  • n. Slang Hashish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Food, especially meat and potatoes, chopped and mixed together. corn-beef hash
  • n. A confused mess.
  • n. The # symbol (octothorpe, pound).
  • n. The result generated by a hash function.
  • adj. Hashed, chopped into small pieces
  • adj. Of or relating to the process of hashing or hash coding
  • v. To chop into small pieces, to make into a hash.
  • v. To make a quick, rough version
  • v. To transform according to a hash function.
  • n. Hashish, a drug derived from the cannabis plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is hashed or chopped up; meat and vegetables, especially such as have been already cooked, chopped into small pieces and mixed.
  • n. A new mixture of old matter; a second preparation or exhibition.
  • n. Hashish.
  • transitive v. To chop into small pieces; to mince and mix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To chop; especially, to chop into small pieces; mince; hence, to mangle.
  • A dialectal variant of harsh.
  • n. That which is hashed or chopped; especially, minced meat.
  • n. Specifically, a dish of meat and potatoes, previously cooked, chopped up together and cooked again.
  • n. Hence Any mixture and second preparation of old material; a repetition; a reëxhibition.
  • n. A sloven; a country clown; a stupid or silly fellow.
  • n. Low raillery; ribaldry.

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

  • n. chopped meat mixed with potatoes and browned
  • v. chop up
  • n. purified resinous extract of the hemp plant; used as a hallucinogen


Variant of Middle English hache, from Old French, past participle of hacher, hachier, to chop up, from hache, ax, of Germanic origin; see hatchet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French hacher ("to chop"), from Old French hache ("axe"). (Wiktionary)
Clipped form of hashish. (Wiktionary)


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    July 23, 2008