, Old French saqueboute
a sackbut, earlier, a sort of hook attached to the end of a lance used by foot soldiers to unhorse cavalrymen; properly, proper meaning, pull and push; from saquier
, to pull, draw (perhaps originally, to put into a bag or take out from a bag; see Sack
a bag) + bouter
to push (see Butt
to thrust). The name was given to the musical instrument from its being lengthened and shortened.