(third-person singular simple present handfasts, present participle handfasting, simple past and past participle handfasted)
- To pledge; to bind
- (Wicca) To betroth by joining hands, in order to allow cohabitation before the celebration of marriage; to marry provisionally.
Middle English hondfast, past participle of hondfesten 'to betroth', from Old Norse handfesta 'to strike a bargain, pledge', itself from hönd 'hand' + festa 'to fasten, fix, affirm' (compare see past- in Indo-European roots).
(comparative more handfast, superlative most handfast)
- (rare) Strong; steadfast.
German Handfest, itself from Hand 'hand' + fest 'firm, strong'.