[ 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

un·haft, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for haft


/ (hɑːft) /


the handle of an axe, knife, etc


(tr) to provide with a haft

Derived Forms

hafter, noun

Word Origin for haft

Old English hæft; related to Old Norse hapt, Old High German haft fetter, hefti handle
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