[ 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 formsun·haft, verb (used with object)
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Examples from the Web for hafted

  • We attempt only a rough breakdown between blades and large points, either of which if hafted could serve the purpose of a knife.

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

British Dictionary definitions for hafted


/ (hɑːft) /


the handle of an axe, knife, etc


(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 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."

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