noun \ˈheft\

: weight or heaviness

: importance or influence

Full Definition of HEFT

archaic :  the greater part of something :  bulk

Examples of HEFT

  1. the heft of a good hammer
  2. <some synthetic fabrics are nice and warm, but I prefer wool because it has more heft>

Origin of HEFT

from heave, after such pairs as weave : weft
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with HEFT



: to lift (something) up

Full Definition of HEFT

transitive verb
:  to heave up :  hoist
:  to test the weight of by lifting <hefting the rod … to get the feel of it — Consumer Reports>

Examples of HEFT

  1. <hefted his growing son onto his shoulders>
  2. <heft your baggy gym shorts a little higher—you're showing us more than we care to see>

First Known Use of HEFT

circa 1661

Related to HEFT

HEFT Defined for Kids


verb \ˈheft\

Definition of HEFT for Kids

:  to lift something up <She hefted her suitcase onto the train.>


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