- 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 Words for heftedraise, rise, hoist, climb, boost, disappear, soar, tote, give, import, move, bear, transfer, remove, bring, haul, lift, take, lug, transmit
Examples from the Web for hefted
Contemporary Examples of hefted
Derika Moses hefted a case of 2-liter soda bottles while setting up a grocery store display in 2007.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
Ruth caught one anyway, and hefted it deep into the right field stands for his 55th homer.Babe Ruth’s Summer of Records
September 29, 2013
Historical Examples of hefted
He hefted the spade and brought it down smartly on the object.The Leech
He picked up one of the cylinders and hefted it in the palm of his hand.Sense from Thought Divide
Mark Irvin Clifton
He took the Geest gun from his pocket, hefted it in his hand.Watch the Sky
James H. Schmitz
Instinctively, he grasped two legs of the heavy chair and hefted it.My Shipmate--Columbus
He drew it out slowly, as quietly as he could, and hefted it in his hand.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
- to assess the weight of (something) by lifting
- to lift
- US weight
- US the main part
Word Origin for heft
"to lift," 1660s, from heft (n.). Related: Hefted; hefting.
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.