haft

[ haft, hahft ]
/ hæft, hɑft /

noun

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 formsun·haft, verb (used with object)
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haft

/ (hɑːft) /

noun

the handle of an axe, knife, etc

verb

(tr) to provide with a haft
Derived Formshafter, noun

Word Origin for haft

Old English hæft; related to Old Norse hapt, Old High German haft fetter, hefti handle
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Word Origin and History for haft

haft


n.

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."

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