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
transitive verbhelved, helv′ing
to put a helve on; equip with a helve
A handle of a tool, such as an axe, 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.