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haft

[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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  • 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
n.

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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