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: the handle of a weapon or tool


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hafted; hafting; hafts

transitive verb

: to set in or furnish with a haft

Examples of haft in a Sentence

Noun the blade of the adze is still good, but the haft is broken and will have to be replaced
Recent Examples on the Web
Handles helped make the tools easier to grip and more versatile; Wang and his colleagues found one bladelet with part of a bone haft still attached to the stone. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 3 Mar. 2022 This chert bladelet still has a remnant of its bone haft attached. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 3 Mar. 2022 The wooden haft is perfectly preserved & one of only a handful to survive in Britain. Isis Davis-Marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Sep. 2021 If Neanderthals were going to the trouble of putting tar on a small, everyday domestic tool like a flake (whether to attach it to a haft or just to make a simple grip), then producing tar in usable amounts must have been routine. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 22 Oct. 2019
For example, scanning electron microscopy allowed to us to pinpoint that camel hair was chosen as a fiber for making this rope bridle, while collagen preserved within ancient sinew revealed that deer tissue was used to haft a Bronze Age arrowhead to its shaft. William Taylor, The Conversation, 11 Aug. 2021 There was the first time someone knapped and hafted a rock onto a spear shaft, and the first time someone strung up a bow. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, 19 Mar. 2020 So the fact that archaeologists have found a handful of tools hafted using birch tar tells us that Neanderthals were (pardon the pun) pretty sharp. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 22 Oct. 2019 Those fires may have been used to work on existing tools, not just haft new ones. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 2 July 2019 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Old English hæft; akin to Old English hebban to lift — more at heave entry 1

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of haft was before the 12th century

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“Haft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haft. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the handle of a weapon or tool

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