[ kluhb-ing ]
/ ˈklʌb ɪŋ /

noun Informal.

the activity of going to nightclubs, especially to dance to popular music, drink, and socialize: Clubbing every night is expensive, not to mention tiring.

Nearby words

  1. clubbable,
  2. clubbed,
  3. clubbed digit,
  4. clubbed finger,
  5. clubber,
  6. clubby,
  7. clubface,
  8. clubfoot,
  9. clubhand,
  10. clubhaul

Origin of clubbing

Origin of club

1175–1225; Middle English clubbe < Old Norse klubba club; akin to clump

Related formsin·ter·club, adjectivesu·per·club, noun

Synonym study

2, 4. See circle. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clubbing


/ (ˈklʌbɪŋ) /


the activity of frequenting nightclubs and similar establishments


/ (klʌb) /


verb clubs, clubbing or clubbed

Derived Formsclubbing, noun

Word Origin for club

C13: from Old Norse klubba, related to Middle High German klumpe group of trees, clump, Old English clympre lump of metal

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Word Origin and History for clubbing
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Medicine definitions for clubbing


[ klŭbĭng ]


A condition affecting the fingers and toes in which the extremities are broadened and the nails are shiny and abnormally curved.

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Idioms and Phrases with clubbing


see join the club.

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