from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Nautical A raised covering over a small hatchway.
- noun Offensive Slang An institution for the mentally ill.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Nautical, a wooden framework with sashes and a sliding cover, used in merchant vessels to cover the afterhatch.
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- noun Alternative form of
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- noun pejorative terms for an insane asylum
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reesetee commented on the word booby hatch
Aboard ship, a booby hatch is a sliding cover or hatch that must be pushed away to allow access or passage.
December 10, 2007