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Definition of haft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the handle of a weapon or tool


hafted; hafting; hafts

Definition of haft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to set in or furnish with a haft

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Synonyms for haft

Synonyms: Noun

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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: Noun 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, "Neanderthal glue was a bigger deal than we thought," 22 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Will All This New Technology Ruin Hunting? In Short, No," 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, "Neanderthal glue was a bigger deal than we thought," 22 Oct. 2019 Those fires may have been used to work on existing tools, not just haft new ones. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals glued their tools together," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of haft


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haft


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

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“Haft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haft. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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