[ helv ]
/ hɛlv /


the handle of an ax, hatchet, hammer, or the like.

verb (used with object), helved, helv·ing.

to furnish with a helve.

Origin of helve

before 900; Middle English; Old English h(i)elfe

Related forms

helv·er, nounun·helved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for helve


/ (hɛlv) /


the handle of a hand tool such as an axe or pick


(tr) to fit a helve to (a tool)

Word Origin for helve

Old English hielfe; related to Old Saxon hèlvi, Old High German halb, Lithuanian kìlpa stirrup; see halter
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