- a stick or bat used to drive a ball in various games, as golf.
- Indian club.
- a short spar attached to the end of a gaff to allow the clew of a gaff topsail to extend beyond the peak of the gaff.
- a short spar attached to the truck of a mast to support the upper part of a club topsail.
- clubfoot(def 3).
verb (used with object), clubbed, club·bing.
verb (used without object), clubbed, club·bing.
Origin of club
Examples from the Web for club
A running joke inside the tribe is that the group is like that club with a hundred people waiting outside to get in.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Jay Z, Leonardo DiCaprio (also in Miami, sighted leaving a club with 20 women), and Owen Wilson are all dedicated art collectors.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty|Tim Teeman|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jones ruled for Ray and he is now back in business, eligible to sign with any NFL club.
Inside, the club is built like a baroque theater, with a dance floor in the center and rows of loggias up the walls.
She met a Forbes at the club the other night who is fond of literature.
I was very abusive when I was drinking; I would knock a man down with a club.Steve P. Holcombe, the Converted Gambler|Rev. Gross Alexander
There had been a meeting of the Committee, and the club was shut up.The Way We Live Now|Anthony Trollope
He had grabbed up a club on the way, and as he spoke he advanced threateningly upon Sercomb and his friends.Motor Matt's Clue|Stanley R. Matthews
He's much more likely to have dropped into his club for a rubber of Bridge!The Brass Bottle|F. Anstey
A teachers' club in the West has an excellent travel and study program based upon books of current interest.The Complete Club Book for Women|Caroline French Benton
- the room, building, or facilities used by such a group
- (in combination)clubhouse
- the black trefoil symbol on a playing card
- a card with one or more of these symbols or (when pl) the suit of cards so marked
- a spar used for extending the clew of a gaff topsail beyond the peak of the gaff
- short for club foot (def. 3)
verb clubs, clubbing or clubbed
Word Origin for club
c.1200, "thick stick used as a weapon," from Old Norse klubba "cudgel" or a similar Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish klubba, Danish klubbe), assimilated from Proto-Germanic *klumbon, related to clump (n.). Old English words for this were sagol, cycgel. Specific sense of "bat used in games" is from mid-15c.
The club suit in the deck of cards (1560s) bears the correct name (Spanish basto, Italian bastone), but the pattern adopted on English cards is the French trefoil. Cf. Danish klőver, Dutch klaver "a club at cards," literally "a clover."
The social club (1660s) apparently evolved from this word from the verbal sense "gather in a club-like mass" (1620s), then, as a noun, "association of people" (1640s).
We now use the word clubbe for a sodality in a tavern. [John Aubrey, 1659]
Admission to membership of clubs is commonly by ballot. Clubs are now an important feature of social life in all large cities, many of them occupying large buildings containing reading-rooms, libraries, restaurants, etc. [Century Dictionary, 1902]
I got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it. [Rufus T. Firefly]
Club sandwich recorded by 1899, apparently as a type of sandwich served in clubs; club soda is 1877, originally a proprietary name.
"to hit with a club," 1590s, from club (v.). Meaning "gather in a club-like mass" is from 1620s. Related: Clubbed; clubbing.
CLUB, verb (military). -- In manoeuvring troops, so to blunder the word of command that the soldiers get into a position from which they cannot extricate themselves by ordinary tactics. [Farmer & Henley]
see join the club.