- 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 heftingraise, rise, hoist, climb, boost, disappear, soar, tote, give, import, move, bear, transfer, remove, bring, haul, lift, take, lug, transmit
Examples from the Web for hefting
Historical Examples of hefting
He raised it, examining and hefting it with the judgment of an expert.The Downfall
"Should think you were," mused the Colonel, hefting the lightened vessel.Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6)
Well, two pounds easily, answered Old Crusty, shutting one eye and hefting his troutship knowingly.The Arrival of Jimpson
Ralph Henry Barbour
He hitched the horse, and hefting the insensible man in his arms, staggered blindly into the timber.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry
Charles Neville Buck
Hefting it in his hand, and then swinging it about his head, Phil discovered that he had a weapon that would almost fell an ox.The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers
Claude A. Labelle
- 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.