- The definition of heft is weight, heaviness or importance.
An example of heft is the weight of a large group of packages that need to be carried up the stairs.
- Heft is defined as to lift, heave or weigh.
An example of heft is to measure the weight of a package.
- weight; heaviness
- importance; influence
- Rare the main part; bulk
Origin of heftfrom base of heave
- to lift or heave
- to try to determine the weight of by lifting
verbheft·ed, heft·ing, hefts
- To lift (something) in order to judge or estimate its weight.
- To hoist (something); heave.
Origin of heftMiddle English from heven to lift ; see heave .
(countable and uncountable, plural hefts)
- (uncountable) Weight.
- Heaviness, the feel of weight.
- A high quality hammer should have good balance and heft.
- (Northern England) A piece of mountain pasture to which a farm animal has become hefted.
- An animal that has become hefted thus.
- (West of Ireland) Poor condition in sheep caused by mineral deficiency.
- The act or effort of heaving; violent strain or exertion.
- (US, dated, colloquial) The greater part or bulk of anything.
- The heft of the crop was spoiled.
(third-person singular simple present hefts, present participle hefting, simple past and past participle hefted)
From Old Norse hefð.