- weight; heaviness: It was a rather flimsy chair, without much heft to it.
- significance or importance.
- Archaic. the bulk or main part.
- to test the weight of by lifting and balancing: He hefted the spear for a few moments, and then flung it at the foe.
- to heave; hoist.
Origin of heft
Related Wordsgoods, capacity, weight, haul, bundle, amount, consignment, shipment, payload, load, density, gravity, pressure, substance, burden, heft, raise, rise, hoist, climb
Examples from the Web for heft
Its heft may scare away some casual readers, but Rough Country is surprisingly accessible.How Religion Turned Texas Red
August 20, 2014
In a room off the living room, saddles lounge everywhere you look, finely tooled leather saddles, things of great weight and heft.The Death of a Rodeo Cowboy
May 11, 2014
The Daily Pic: 1930s paint samples help Morgan Fisher get at abstraction's heft.Tinted Love
October 4, 2013
Despite its heft, The Hobbit opened last weekend to an impressive $84.8 million, a new December record.Why Are 2012’s Holiday Movies So Damn Long?
December 17, 2012
The Daily Pic: In 1978, Daniel Joseph Martinez made shadows have heft.Photography's Heavy Lifting
October 17, 2012
An' I'll be whipped if 'Mandy herself didn't tell the heft on't arter 'twas all over.Meadow Grass
I gathered that the heft of his spare change had come from dickers in stocks and bonds.
I'd told him the heft of the yarn on the way from the church, and he was interested.
"I spend the heft of my daytimes out in the Back yard," he wrote.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
They haven't any more business sense than a hen, the heft of 'em ain't.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
- to assess the weight of (something) by lifting
- to lift
- US weight
- US the main part
Word Origin and History for heft
mid-15c., "weight, heaviness, quality of weight," from heave on analogy of thieve/theft, weave/weft, etc.; also influenced by heft, obsolete past participle of heave.
"to lift," 1660s, from heft (n.). Related: Hefted; hefting.