- a handle, especially of a knife, sword, or dagger.
- to furnish with a haft or handle; set in a haft.
Origin of haft
Related Words for hafttail, knob, shaft, stem, handle, shank, bottom, extremity, tip, stub, edge, base, fundament, foot, stump, stock, haft, hilt, holder, ear
Examples from the Web for haft
Historical Examples of haft
Three times he struck the shield with the haft and three times with the blade of his spear.Irish Fairy Tales
From one sheath a haft of gold projected and from the other one of silver.
Thus arose the "haft qir,at," or seven readings of the Qurn, now recognised.The Faith of Islam
There it had been when the haft slipped from his hands, and there had it remained.Bruin
As it struck, the haft flew from the spear and bounded down the slope.B. C. 30,000
Sterner St. Paul Meek
- the handle of an axe, knife, etc
- (tr) to provide with a haft
Word Origin for haft
Word Origin and History for haft
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."