OE hębban < Germanic.
- Majesty; grandeur; heaviness; solemnity; soberness; melancholy; pensiveness; somberness; ponderousness; heavyheartedness; profound sadness.
- Burden; millstone; weighty load; heavy encumbrance; [fig.] torment; torture; affliction; overwhelming trial; painful suffering.
see heft, n.
- Weigh; gauge; measure; compare the weight of; lift in order to weigh; [fig.] ponder; size up; analyze; scrutinize; compare mentally.