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[haft, hahft] /hæft, hɑft/
a handle, especially of a knife, sword, or dagger.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with a haft or handle; set in a haft.
Origin of haft
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) Unabridged
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  • 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


the handle of an axe, knife, etc
(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

Old English hæft "handle," related to hæft "fetter," from Proto-Germanic *haftjom (cf. Old Saxon haft "captured;" Dutch hecht, Old High German hefti, German Heft "handle;" German Haft "arrest"), from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (see capable). To haven other haeftes in hand "have other hafts in hand" was a 14c.-15c. way of saying "have other business to attend to."

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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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