[ klasp, klahsp ]
See synonyms for: claspclaspedclasping on

  1. a device, usually of metal, for fastening together two or more things or parts of the same thing: a clasp for paper money; a clasp on a necklace.

  2. a firm grasp or grip: a clasp of hands.

  1. a tight embrace: She held the child in a loving clasp.

  2. a small bar or metal design, as a star, for affixing to the ribbon of a military decoration to indicate that the bearer has been awarded the decoration an additional time.

verb (used with object),clasped or (Archaic) claspt [klaspt, klahspt]; /klæspt, klɑspt/; clasping.
  1. to fasten with or as with a clasp.

  2. to furnish with a clasp.

  1. to seize, grasp, or grip with the hand: She clasped the club in her hand.

  2. to hold in a tight embrace; hug: He clasped the child to him.

verb (used without object),clasped or (Archaic) claspt [klaspt, klahspt]; /klæspt, klɑspt/; clasping.
  1. to embrace or hug: The lovers clasped.

Origin of clasp

1275–1325; Middle English clasp (noun), claspen (v.), perhaps blend of clippenclip2 and haspehasp

Other words for clasp

Other words from clasp

  • in·ter·clasp, verb (used with object)
  • re·clasp, verb (used with object)

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How to use clasp in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for clasp


/ (klɑːsp) /

  1. a fastening, such as a catch or hook, used for holding things together

  2. a firm grasp, hold, or embrace

  1. military a bar or insignia on a medal ribbon, to indicate either a second award or the battle, campaign, or reason for its award

  1. to hold in a firm grasp

  2. to grasp firmly with the hand

  1. to fasten together with or as if with a clasp

Origin of clasp

C14: of uncertain origin; compare Old English clyppan to embrace

Derived forms of clasp

  • clasper, noun

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