1 of 2


archaic : the greater part of something : bulk


2 of 2


hefted; hefting; hefts

transitive verb

: to heave up : hoist
: to test the weight of by lifting
hefting the rod … to get the feel of itConsumer Reports

Examples of heft in a Sentence

Noun the heft of a good hammer some synthetic fabrics are nice and warm, but I prefer wool because it has more heft Verb hefted his growing son onto his shoulders heft your baggy gym shorts a little higher—you're showing us more than we care to see
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Word History



from heave, after such pairs as weave : weft

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of heft was in the 15th century

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“Heft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heft. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


2 of 2 verb
: to heave up : lift
: to test the weight of by lifting

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