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Old English

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Etymology 1

From Germanic *xefta-, from Indo-European *kap-. Cognate with Middle Low German hecht (Dutch hecht, heft), Old High German hefti (German Heft), Old Norse hepti. The IE 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

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

From Germanic *xafta-, from Indo-European *kap-. Cognate with Middle Low German hacht, Old High German hafta (German Haft), Old Norse hapt, haptr. The IE 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

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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