What does haft mean?

Definitions for haft
hæft, hɑfthaft

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. haft, helvenoun

    the handle of a weapon or tool

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Haftnoun

    A handle; that part of any instrument that is taken into the hand.

    Etymology: hæft, Saxon; heft, Dutch, from To have or hold.

    This brandish’d dagger
    I’ll bury to the haft in her fair breast. John Dryden, Oedip.

    These extremities of the joints are the hafts and handles of the members. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    A needle is a simple body, being only made of steel; but a sword is a compound, because its haft or handle is made of materials different from the blade. Isaac Watts, Logick.

  2. To Haftverb

    To set in a haft. Ainsw.

    Etymology: from the noun.


  1. haft

    A haft is the handle of a tool or weapon, especially one that is used for cutting, such as a knife, ax, or sword. It allows the user to grip and manipulate the object effectively.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Haftnoun

    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

  2. Haftnoun

    a dwelling

  3. Haftverb

    to set in, or furnish with, a haft; as, to haft a dagger

  4. Etymology: [AS. hft; akin to D. & G. heft, Icel. hepti, and to E. heave, or have. Cf. Heft.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Haft

    haft, n. a handle.—v.t. to set in a haft: to establish firmly. [A.S. hæft; Ger. heft.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. haft

    (See HEFT.) The handle of a knife or tool.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HAFT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Haft is ranked #31184 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Haft surname appeared 744 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Haft.

    94.3% or 702 total occurrences were White.
    2.8% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of haft in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of haft in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  • empuñadura, asideroSpanish
  • lurgannScottish Gaelic
  • elsa, impugnatura, guardamano, cocciaItalian
  • ვადაGeorgian
  • er een handvat aanzetten, handgreep, vatten, alm, handvat, heft, alpenweide, greepDutch
  • рукоятка, ручка, черенокRussian

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1 Comment
  • Warren Jones
    Warren Jones
    You left out the meaning of "haft" in this sentence: The average length of time for staying in the hospital has virtually HAFT since the year 2000.
    It clearly means "halved," but I have never seen this before. Google the sentence and you'll see that it has been quoted in many places, not criticized, quoted. My guess is that it's a substandard variant of "halved" used in England. 'Haft" was also the spelling for "has" a few hundred years ago in the English language. I'd be interested in hearing what others have to say on the subject. 
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