Definition of hilt in US English:

hilt

noun

  • The handle of a weapon or tool, especially a sword, dagger, or knife.

    • ‘He grasped the handle of the shield and the hilt of the sword, and felt himself being pushed along.’
    • ‘He firmly gripped the hilt of his long sword and shouted brief words of refusal.’
    • ‘She gripped the weapon by its hilt and its sheathe and carefully lifted it down from its hooks.’
    • ‘Lodge put his sunglasses on and stood up, his hand gripped around the hilt of his weapon.’
    • ‘They saw Rurik shift his grip on his sword hilt and Banor stretch his right arm, ready to use magic.’
    • ‘His left hand grasped the hilt of his sword and his right hand tightened at his side.’
    • ‘The last thing Jack remembered was gripping the hilt of his sword before he was knocked out.’
    • ‘Angel gripped the hilt of the dagger, still not certain whether he was friend or foe.’
    • ‘Hanging at her waist, the hilt of a dagger protruded from its lacquered wooden scabbard.’
    • ‘The five members of the Black Handles had their hands placed on the hilts of their swords or daggers.’
    • ‘His hand griped the hilt of his sword, the blade drawn but down so the point traced a line in the snow.’
    • ‘He replied, his stance changing, his left hand firmly gripping the hilt of his sword.’
    • ‘Thron followed, and both kept loose grips on the hilts of their swords.’
    • ‘Some clutched the hilts of their swords, others dirks or bows.’
    • ‘She had a tight grip on the hilt of her sword and it tightened with every punch Hawk received.’
    • ‘His hands were steady, and his grip strong on the hilt of his sword.’
    • ‘Veon frowned but said nothing, his hand gripping the hilt of his sword tightly.’
    • ‘I let the arrow fly just as Blaise gripped the hilt of her knife and it landed solidly in the wooden sign.’
    • ‘Quad's hands gripped sword hilts, cueing Mack to bring his rifle to a firing position.’
    • ‘Her left hand closed around an invisible scabbard and her right hand clutched the hilt of a sword.’
    handle, haft, handgrip, grip, shaft, shank, stock, helve
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Phrases

  • (up) to the hilt

    • Completely.

      ‘we're mortgaged to the hilt’
      • ‘Meanwhile it proved to be a day out for some children who enjoyed the strike and the traffic restrictions up to the hilt.’
      • ‘But worse than that, we were arming these maniacs up to the hilt!’
      • ‘He has mortgaged his country to the hilt for military equipment.’
      • ‘And I moved away, got educated up to the hilt, started publishing, lecturing.’
      • ‘Once again, Middle Britain is mortgaged to the hilt, spurred by the lowest interest rates in 38 years.’
      • ‘Consumers have borrowed up to the hilt, leaving little room for manoeuvre should times get seriously tough.’
      • ‘Coun Brian Jennings backed us up to the hilt and said he was going to complain to the Chief Planning Officer about this.’
      • ‘Mortgaged up to the hilt, the builder has not declared any intention to bid for the company.’
      • ‘You can't laugh about something if you're buried up to the hilt in it.’
      • ‘The reality is that wind power is grossly uneconomic electricity, subsidised up to the hilt.’
      completely, fully, wholly, totally, entirely, utterly, unreservedly, unconditionally, in every respect, in all respects, one hundred per cent, every inch, to the full, to the maximum extent, all the way, body and soul, heart and soul
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Origin

Old English hilt, hilte, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

hilt

/hɪlt//hilt/