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claught

[klawkht, klahkht]
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verb
  1. a simple past tense of cleek.

cleek

[kleek]
noun
  1. Chiefly Scot. a large hook, especially one fixed to the inside walls of a house to hold clothing, pots, or food.
  2. Golf Older Use. a club with an iron head, a narrow face, and little slope, used for shots from a poor lie on the fairway and sometimes for putting.
verb (used with object), claught or cleeked or claucht, cleeked, cleek·ing.
  1. Chiefly Scot. to grasp or seize (something) suddenly and eagerly; snatch.

Origin of cleek

1350–1400; Middle English (Scots) cleke hook, derivative of cleke to take hold of, variant of cleche, akin to clutch1
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Examples from the Web for claught

Historical Examples

  • It was a braw spring morn, and Tam whustled as he claught in the young geese.

    The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • It's not made of iron, I wot, nor my claithes of chenzie-mail; so a club smashed the tane, and a claught damaged the tither.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

    Sir Walter Scott

  • There cam a gowst of wind, claught her by the coats, and awa' wi' her bag and baggage.

    David Balfour, Second Part

    Robert Louis Stevenson


British Dictionary definitions for claught

cleek

cleik

noun
  1. mainly Scot a large hook, such as one used to land fish
  2. golf a former name for a club, corresponding to the modern No. 1 or No. 2 iron, used for long low shots

Word Origin

C15: of uncertain origin
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