Meaning of HAFT in English


I. ˈhaft, ˈhȧft noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hæft; akin to Old English hæft bond, fetter, captive, Old High German haft fetter, captivity, hefti handle, Old Norse hapt fetter, hepti handle, Gothic -hafts burdened, -hafjan to carry — more at heave

: the handle of a weapon (as a sword or dagger) or tool (as a sickle, awl, file)

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English haften, from haft, n.

: to set in or furnish with a haft

haft a dagger

III. ˈ(h)aft transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse heftha to gain (land) by right of occupation, hefth possession, act of gaining by occupation, Old Norse hafa to have — more at have

1. dialect Britain : to accustom (sheep) to a different pasture

2. dialect Britain : to settle or establish especially in a place of residence

we are now nicely hafted here

IV. noun

( -s )

1. dialect Britain : an established pasture

2. dialect Britain : a dwelling place

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