[ heft ]
/ hɛft /


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.

Nearby words

  1. heerfordt's disease,
  2. heerlen,
  3. hefei,
  4. heffelfinger,
  5. hefner candle,
  6. hefty,
  7. hegang,
  8. hegari,
  9. hegel,
  10. hegel, georg wilhelm friedrich

Origin of heft

1550–60; heave + -t, variant of -th1

Related formsheft·er, nounun·heft·ed, adjective

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/ (hɛft) /

verb (tr)

to assess the weight of (something) by lifting
to lift


US weight
US the main part
Derived Formshefter, noun

Word Origin for heft

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

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