from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The symbol (#); the pound sign.
  • noun Hashish.
  • noun A dish of chopped meat, potatoes, and sometimes vegetables, usually browned.
  • noun A jumble; a hodgepodge.
  • noun Informal A mess.
  • noun A reworking or restatement of already familiar material.
  • transitive verb To chop into pieces; mince.
  • transitive verb Informal To make a mess of; mangle.
  • transitive verb Informal To discuss carefully; review.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

Variant of Middle English hache, from Old French, past participle of hacher, hachier, to chop up, from hache, ax, of Germanic origin; see hatchet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French hacher ("to chop"), from Old French hache ("axe").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Clipped form of hashish.



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  • "The availability of all this fresh produce enlivened still further the fancy compound dishes, the carbonadoes, fricassées, olios (as the hodge podge was now more usually known) and the hashes (from 'hacher', to slice) that aped the sophisticated fashions of Continental Europe."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 133

    January 11, 2017

  • UK: the symbol #

    July 23, 2008