hæft

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Danish[edit]

Verb[edit]

hæft

  1. Imperative of hæfte.

Old English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *haftiją, from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p-. Cognate with Middle Low German hecht (Dutch hecht, heft), Old High German hefti (German Heft), Old Norse hepti. The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin capere, Old Irish cacht (Welsh caeth ‘slave’, Breton keaz ‘poor’), Albanian kap ‘grip’, Slavic *xopītī- (Old Church Slavonic хапѭште, Russian хапать), Baltic *kap- (Lithuanian kàpteleti, Latvian kàmpt ‘bite’).

Noun[edit]

hæft n

  1. a handle, the haft of a weapon
    Nim ðæt seax ðe ðæt hæfte sie fealo hryðeres horn: take a knife, the handle of which is yellow ox-horn.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *haftaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kh₂ptós (grabbed). Cognate with Middle Low German hacht, Old High German hafta (German Haft), Old Norse hapt, haptr. The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin capere, Old Irish cacht (Welsh caeth ‘slave’, Breton keaz ‘poor’), Albanian kap ‘grip’, Slavic *xopītī- (Old Church Slavonic хапѭште, Russian хапать), Baltic *kap- (Lithuanian kàpteleti, Latvian kàmpt ‘bite’).

Noun[edit]

hæft m

  1. a captive, a prisoner or slave
    We ðe biddaþ ðæt ðu gehyre hæfta stefne: we beseech you to hear the voice of the captives.
  2. captivity, bondage, imprisonment
    Is ðes hæft to ðan strang: this imprisonment is so severe.
  3. a bond or fetter

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