[klasp, klahsp]
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  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.
  3. a tight embrace: She held the child in a loving clasp.
  4. 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.
  3. to seize, grasp, or grip with the hand: She clasped the club in her hand.
  4. 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 clippen clip2 and haspe hasp
Related formsin·ter·clasp, verb (used with object)re·clasp, verb (used with object)

Synonyms for clasp

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1. brooch, pin, clip, hook, catch. 3. hug. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for clasped

Contemporary Examples of clasped

Historical Examples of clasped

  • The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • He clasped his head in his hands and strove to clear his mind for a moment from obsession.


    William J. Locke

  • But his wife, her face aglow, clasped her hands in an ecstasy of delight.

  • As she spoke, the girl let go Mary's hand and clasped her own together ecstatically.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • They were the hands that Ned had kissed, as he had mine; clasped and pressed, as he had—how could he!

British Dictionary definitions for clasped


  1. a fastening, such as a catch or hook, used for holding things together
  2. a firm grasp, hold, or embrace
  3. military a bar or insignia on a medal ribbon, to indicate either a second award or the battle, campaign, or reason for its award
verb (tr)
  1. to hold in a firm grasp
  2. to grasp firmly with the hand
  3. to fasten together with or as if with a clasp
Derived Formsclasper, noun

Word Origin for clasp

C14: of uncertain origin; compare Old English clyppan to embrace
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Word Origin and History for clasped



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

clasped in Medicine


  1. A part of a removable partial denture that directly retains or stabilizes a denture.
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