- the handle of an ax, hatchet, hammer, or the like.
- to furnish with a helve.
Origin of helve
Examples from the Web for helves
Helves was the sole lion for the remainder of the day—impudence and the marvellous are pretty sure passports to any society.Sketches by Boz
- the handle of a hand tool such as an axe or pick
- (tr) to fit a helve to (a tool)
Word Origin and History for helves
Old English helfe, hielfe "handle of an axe" or other tool or weapon, from Proto-Germanic *halb- (cf. Old Saxon helvi, Middle Dutch helf, Old High German halb "handle of an axe," Old High German helmo "tiller"); related to halter and helm (1), from PIE *kelp- "to hold, grasp." In Middle English, to holden the axe bi the helve (c.1200) meant "to take something by the right end."