verb (used with object), clasped or (Archaic) claspt [klaspt, klahspt] /klæspt, klɑspt/; clasping.
verb (used without object), clasped or (Archaic) claspt [klaspt, klahspt] /klæspt, klɑspt/; clasping.
Origin of clasp
Synonyms for clasp
Related Words for claspedgrasp, clutch, clamp, fasten, grip, concatenate, squeeze, clip, pin, seize, buckle, clinch, attack, snatch, grapple, hug, embrace, take, press, hold
Examples from the Web for clasped
Contemporary Examples of clasped
Hernandez clasped his hands behind his back, the fingers slender, almost delicate, needing a weapon to have conveyed any menace.Chicago Gang Shootings Spike as the City Tries to Cope
April 17, 2012
As I left him, I clasped his hand and said "jaarama"—thank you, in Fulani.How the Gambia is Fighting FGC
February 5, 2011
Exhausted, her lovely face streaked with dried tears, she clasped my hand.My Life with the Kennedys
Archbishop Hannan, Nancy Collins
June 1, 2010
Historical Examples of clasped
The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He clasped his head in his hands and strove to clear his mind for a moment from obsession.Viviette
William J. Locke
But his wife, her face aglow, clasped her hands in an ecstasy of delight.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
As she spoke, the girl let go Mary's hand and clasped her own together ecstatically.Within the Law
Springing forward, she would have clasped her in a close embrace.John Inglefield's Thanksgiving
Word Origin for clasp
c.1300, claspe, "metal catch or hook used to hold things together," perhaps a metathesis of clapse, and thus from or related to Old English clyppan "clasp" (see clip (v.2)).
late 14c., from clasp (n.). Related: Clasped; clasping.