[klurk; British klahrk]


verb (used without object)

to act or serve as a clerk.

Nearby words

  1. clericalism,
  2. clerically,
  3. clericals,
  4. clerihew,
  5. clerisy,
  6. clerk of works,
  7. clerkess,
  8. clerkly,
  9. clermont-ferrand,
  10. clerodendrum

Origin of clerk

before 1000; Middle English, Old English clerc, variant of cleric < Late Latin clēricus cleric

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British Dictionary definitions for clerk



a worker, esp in an office, who keeps records, files, etc
clerk to the justices (in England) a legally qualified person who sits in court with lay justices to advise them on points of law
an employee of a court, legislature, board, corporation, etc, who keeps records and accounts, etca town clerk
Also called: clerk of the House British a senior official of the House of Commons
Also called: clerk in holy orders a cleric
US and Canadian short for salesclerk
Also called: desk clerk US and Canadian a hotel receptionist
archaic a scholar


(intr) to serve as a clerk
Derived Formsclerkdom, nounclerkish, adjectiveclerkship, noun

Word Origin for clerk

Old English clerc, from Church Latin clēricus, from Greek klērikos cleric, relating to the heritage (alluding to the Biblical Levites, whose inheritance was the Lord), from klēros heritage

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Word Origin and History for clerk
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