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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The haft of Molassi's own knife was embedded in his throat.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Haft \Haft\, v. t. To set in, or furnish with, a haft; as, to haft a dagger.


Haft \Haft\ (h[.a]ft), n. [AS. h[ae]ft; akin to D. & G. heft, Icel. hepti, and to E. heave, or have. Cf. Heft.]

  1. 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.

    This brandish'd dagger I'll bury to the haft in her fair breast.

  2. A dwelling. [Scot.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English hæft "handle," related to hæft "fetter," from Proto-Germanic *haftjom (cognates: 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."


Etymology 1 n. The handle of a tool or weapon. vb. To fit a handle to a tool or weapon. Etymology 2

alt. (context Northern English dialect English) A piece of mountain pasture to which a farm animal has become hefted. n. (context Northern English dialect English) A piece of mountain pasture to which a farm animal has become hefted.


n. the handle of a weapon or tool [syn: helve]


Haft may refer to:

  • haft, another name for the hilt of a sword
  • haft, the shaft of an axe
  • the narrow constricted part of the standards ( petals) and falls (sepals) near the center of the iris flower
  • Haft, Iran, a village in Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran

Usage examples of "haft".

There is also the resemblance of the plan of the city to the blade of such a knife, the curve of the defile corresponding to the curve of the blade, the River Acis to the central rib, Acies Castle to the point, and the Capulus to the line at which the steel vanishes into the haft.

With these they cut two pieces of bamboo-like arborescent grass to form the hafts of two spears.

When he had noted all its wonder--for to him it was a most marvellous thing made of a glittering stone such as he had never seen, that was thrice heavier than any stone, hafted with black bone as hard as walrus ivory with a knob at the end of it fashioned by rubbing down the knuckle joint, to save it from slipping through the hand, lashed about here and there with neatly finished strips of hide, double-edged and sharper than a flint flake, balancing in the grasp also--oh!

The haft, made out of an enormous rhinoceros horn, was three feet three inches long, about an inch and a quarter thick, and with a knob at the end as large as a Maltese orange, left there to prevent the hand from slipping.

Amanda tucked into her salmon, secure in the knowledge that, while she had probably solved the DIRT pob len she haft also ingratiated herself with Richard Hickock, at the same time letting him know that she knew.

The knobkerrie crashed upon the stout wood of the spear haft and glanced to one side.

He snapped the puukko into his hand and struck as he stepped in towards the spearman, the vicious edge grating on bone as he slashed it down the haft of the spear, trying to ward off a third attacker with his shield.

The haft dropped toward me, and splashed into the stream where it would be easy to grab in case of an emergency.

Why should I renew once more the deed of Ampyx, who ran his spear haft through the forehead of that quadruped Echeclus?

Quickly and with the strength of my annoyance did I use the haft portion of the spear to rap sharply at the shin of first Ceralt and then Mehrayn, ending their exchange and sending them back from each other with yelps of pain.

It was a heavy cast Ostran head, hafted with care, and as Bardel swung it experimentally the applause was general.

In his right hand was not a gun bought from a human trader or looted from an adversary but rather a traditional weapon: a hand-forged dagger, hafted with bone in the days when Molt warriors fought one another and their planet was their own.

Haft peasants are just as capable of overvaluing themselves as the highest nobles on Ornifal are.

During her possession of it, she had carefully cleaned it of all rust, removed the rotted thongs from around its iron haft and replaced them with fresh ones, then set to polishing the steel quatrefoil head until it now shone like silver.

Meile Wegs bringt ihm Neues, Unbekanntes, und wehrt dem Blick nur an dem einen Schmerz zu haften.