Origin: < handfastthe
Origin: ME handfasten < OE handfæstan, to make fast, ratify & < ON handfesta: see hand & fasten
See handfast in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From Middle English hondfast
Origin: , past participle of hondfesten, to betroth
Origin: , from Old Norse handfesta, to strike a bargain, pledge
Origin: : hönd, hand
Origin: + festa, to fasten, fix, affirm; see past- in Indo-European roots.