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heft

[ heft ]
/ hɛft /
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noun
weight; heaviness: It was a rather flimsy chair, without much heft to it.
significance or importance.
Archaic. the bulk or main part.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of heft

1550–60; heave + -t, variant of -th1

OTHER WORDS FROM heft

hefter, nounun·heft·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for heft

heft
/ (hɛft) /

verb (tr)
to assess the weight of (something) by lifting
to lift
noun
US weight
US the main part

Derived forms of heft

hefter, noun

Word Origin for heft

C19: probably from heave, by analogy with thieve, theft, cleave, cleft
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