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

  • n. An immature newt, especially the reddish-orange terrestrial form of a North American species, Notophthalmus viridescens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. again; afterwards
  • n. A newt, especially the European smooth newt (Triton punctatus).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Again; afterwards; soon; quickly.
  • n. A European lizard of the genus Seps.
  • n. A salamander, esp. the European smooth newt (Triton punctatus).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • After; again; afterward; soon.
  • n. A newt; any small lizard.

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

  • n. a newt in its terrestrial stage of development


Middle English evete, from Old English efeta.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English efeta (Wiktionary)
From Old English eft, from Proto-Germanic *aftiz. Compare after, aft. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Come away, children,"said the otter in disgust, "it is not worth eating after all. It is only a nasty eft, which nothing eats, not even those vulgar pike in the pond."

    from Water Babies, Charles Kingsley, 1937

    January 28, 2008