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[haft, hahft] /hæft, hɑft/
a handle, especially of a knife, sword, or dagger.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with a haft or handle; set in a haft.
Origin of haft
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hæft handle, literally, that which is taken, grasped; cognate with Latin captus, German Heft han-dle
Related forms
unhaft, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Others were furnished with projecting flanges to prevent them from swerving by the blow when hafted on a bent stick.

    The Evolution of Culture Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
  • We attempt only a rough breakdown between blades and large points, either of which if hafted could serve the purpose of a knife.

  • It is possible that the specimens under consideration may have been hafted in this manner.

  • We took off our equipment, hafted the entrenching tools which we always carry, and bent to our work in the wet clay.

    The Amateur Army Patrick MacGill
British Dictionary definitions for hafted


the handle of an axe, knife, etc
(transitive) to provide with a haft
Derived Forms
hafter, noun
Word Origin
Old English hæft; related to Old Norse hapt, Old High German haft fetter, hefti handle
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Word Origin and History for hafted



Old English hæft "handle," related to hæft "fetter," from Proto-Germanic *haftjom (cf. Old Saxon haft "captured;" Dutch hecht, Old High German hefti, German Heft "handle;" German Haft "arrest"), from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (see capable). To haven other haeftes in hand "have other hafts in hand" was a 14c.-15c. way of saying "have other business to attend to."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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