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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Caesars Sportsbook has built off its casino’s reputation for catering to high-rollers with heft payouts, as well as offering first-play insurance for more amateur gamblers. Ian Firstenberg, Chicago Tribune, 14 Jan. 2023 Blake Hounshell, a political journalist who combined intellectual heft with the urgency of digital news at Foreign Policy magazine, Politico and the New York Times, died Jan. 10 in Washington. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2023 The rest of the team has good size, particularly in the backcourt, but not the heft that the Aztecs can bring. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2023 Under her watch, the publication has exploded in heft and ambition. Emma Goldberg, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2022 The needle drops, the heft and classic feel of the soundtrack, feel like another throwback to the Blaxploitation of it all, and to the power of the soundtrack as its own entity, as imagined by Melvin Van Peebles and other legends of the genre. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 25 Dec. 2022 Your choice of feel—feathery Corrado or Talon heft. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 24 Dec. 2022 This flatform version is the ultimate chunky take for those not into full-on heft. Laura Lajiness Kaupke, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Dec. 2022 In the mouth there are flavors of black olive tapenade, black raspberry and black plum with voluptuous mouthfeel and heft on the palate. Mike Desimone And Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 20 Dec. 2022
Sure, but different missions have different requirements and not every rocket is designed to heft relatively heavy payloads into space. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, 28 Aug. 2022 Famed British naturalist commentator David Attenborough adds to the natural history heft with his narration, illuminating the T-Rex courtship ritual. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 Others favor a sturdier base, like those at Picoso, where the tortillas have heft, which explains why each taco is wrapped in only a single layer. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 That’s where the bottlenecks typically happen, with people piling up in cracks and gullies, sometimes waiting more than an hour for their turn to heft themselves up onto the next section of trail. Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2022 No matter, this hiring cycle suggest Miami still has heft inside college football. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 5 Dec. 2021 Many women liked to carry the bag on their shoulder because the Paddington, worth its weight in gold, had heft. Vogue, 30 Sep. 2021 On the other hand, Intel is the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world, with all the R&D heft that comes along with that. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Both characters come with major emotional baggage, but the actresses heft their heavy loads with grit and grace. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Heft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heft. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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