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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling hemp.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made of hemp.
  • adj. Related to hempen ropes, i.e., to hanging as capital punishment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made of hemp.
  • adj. Like hemp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made of hemp; pertaining to hemp, or (by allusion) to a rope.
  • Resembling hemp; fibrous.

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

  • adj. having or resembling fibers especially fibers used in making cordage such as those of jute


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English hempen, hempyn, from Old English *hænepen ("made of hemp, hempen"), equivalent to hemp +‎ -en. Cognate with Dutch hennepen ("hempen"), German hänfen ("hempen"). More at hemp.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • My tools are but common ones,

    Simple shepherds all—

    My tools are no sight to see:

    A little hempen string, and a post whereon to swing,

    Are implements enough for me!

    - Thomas Hardy, 'The Stranger’s Song'.

    September 18, 2009