Word Origin the handle of a sword or dagger. the handle of any weapon or tool. to the hilt, to the maximum extent or degree; completely; fully: to play the role to the hilt. Also up to the hilt. Origin of hilt before 900; Middle English, Old English hilt(e); cognate with Middle Dutch hilt(e), Old Norse hjalt, Old High German helza handle of a sword
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British Dictionary definitions for hilting the handle or shaft of a sword, dagger, etc to the hilt to the full (tr) to supply with a hilt Word Origin for hilt
Old English; related to Old Norse
hjalt, Old Saxon helta oar handle, Old High German helza
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Word Origin and History for hilting n.
hilt "hilt, handle of a sword or dagger," from Proto-Germanic *helt (cf. Old Norse hjalt, Old High German helza "hilt," Old Saxon helta "oar handle"), perhaps from PIE *kel- "to strike." Formerly also used in plural in same sense as singular.
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