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[haft, hahft] /hæft, hɑft/
noun
1.
a handle, especially of a knife, sword, or dagger.
verb (used with object)
2.
to furnish with a haft or handle; set in a haft.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hæft handle, literally, that which is taken, grasped; cognate with Latin captus, German Heft han-dle
Related forms
unhaft, verb (used with object)
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Examples for haft
  • It is speculated that the point was broken during use then returned to camp where it was removed from the haft and discarded.
British Dictionary definitions for haft

haft

/hɑːft/
noun
1.
the handle of an axe, knife, etc
verb
2.
(transitive) to provide with a haft
Derived Forms
hafter, noun
Word Origin
Old English hæft; related to Old Norse hapt, Old High German haft fetter, hefti handle
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Word Origin and History for haft
haft
O.E. hæft "handle," related to hæft "fetter," from P.Gmc. *haftjom (cf. Du. hecht, O.H.G. hefti, Ger. Heft "handle;" see capable). Etymologists connect this word either with the root of have or that of heave.
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haft in the Bible

a handle as of a dagger (Judg. 3:22).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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