from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A handle or hilt, especially the handle of a tool or weapon.
  • transitive v. To fit into or equip with a hilt or handle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The handle of a tool or weapon.
  • v. To fit a handle to a tool or weapon.
  • n. A piece of mountain pasture to which a farm animal has become hefted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A handle; that part of an instrument or vessel taken into the hand, and by which it is held and used; -- said chiefly of a knife, sword, or dagger; the hilt.
  • n. A dwelling.
  • transitive v. To set in, or furnish with, a haft.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set in a haft; furnish with a handle.
  • To drive up to the haft or hilt, as a knife or dirk.
  • To fix or settle firmly; plant.
  • n. A handle; specifically, the handle of a cutting or thrusting instrument, as a knife, sword, or dagger; a hilt.
  • n. A place of abode; dwelling; lodging.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the handle of a weapon or tool


Middle English, from Old English hæft; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English hæft, Old High German heften make fast. (Wiktionary)
From Old Norse hefð. (Wiktionary)


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