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hilt

Syllabification: hilt
Pronunciation: /hilt
 
/

Definition of hilt in English:

noun

The handle of a weapon or tool, especially a sword, dagger, or knife.
Example sentences
  • Quad's hands gripped sword hilts, cueing Mack to bring his rifle to a firing position.
  • Lodge put his sunglasses on and stood up, his hand gripped around the hilt of his weapon.
  • Veon frowned but said nothing, his hand gripping the hilt of his sword tightly.
Synonyms

Origin

Old English hilt, hilte, of Germanic origin.

Phrases

(up) to the hilt

1
Completely: we’re mortgaged to the hilt
More example sentences
  • Mortgaged up to the hilt, the builder has not declared any intention to bid for the company.
  • Once again, Middle Britain is mortgaged to the hilt, spurred by the lowest interest rates in 38 years.
  • He has mortgaged his country to the hilt for military equipment.
Synonyms
completely, fully, wholly, totally, absolutely, entirely, utterly, unreservedly, unconditionally, in every respect, in all respects, one hundred percent, every inch, to the full, to the maximum extent, all the way, body and soul, heart and soul

Derivatives

hilted

1
adjective

Words that rhyme with hilt

atilt, built, gilt, guilt, jilt, kilt, lilt, quilt, silt, spilt, stilt, tilt, upbuilt, wilt

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