the handle of a tool, esp. of an ax or hatchet
Origin of helveMiddle English helfe ; from OE, akin to Middle Dutch helf: for Indo-European base see half
to put a helve on; equip with a helve
A handle of a tool, such as an ax, chisel, or hammer.
Origin of helveMiddle English, from Old English hielfe.
(third-person singular simple present helves, present participle helving, simple past and past participle helved)
- To furnish (an axe, etc.) with a helve.
From Old English helfe.