haft


haft

noun

  1. a handle, especially of a knife, sword, or dagger.

verb (used with object)

  1. to furnish with a haft or handle; set in a haft.

noun

  1. the handle of an axe, knife, etc

verb

  1. (tr) to provide with a 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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