: a handle of a tool or weapon : haft

Examples of helve in a Sentence

the head of the ax was crudely lashed to a wooden helve

Word History


Middle English, from Old English hielfe; probably akin to Old English helma helm

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near helve

Cite this Entry

“Helve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helve. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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