Nearby words

  1. cluster pine,
  2. cluster point,
  3. cluster variable,
  4. clustered,
  5. clusterfuck,
  6. clutch bag,
  7. clutha,
  8. clutter,
  9. clwyd,
  10. clyde

Origin of clutch

1
1175–1225; Middle English clucchen, variant of clicchen, Old English clyccan to clench

Related formsclutch·ing·ly, adverbclutch·y, adjective

Synonym study

1. See catch.

clutch

2
[kluhch]

noun

a hatch of eggs; the number of eggs produced or incubated at one time.
a brood of chickens.
a number of similar individuals: a clutch of books; a whole clutch of dancers.

verb (used with object)

to hatch (chickens).

Origin of clutch

2
1715–25; variant of cletch (now dial.); akin to Scots cleck to hatch < Old Norse klekja to hatch

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British Dictionary definitions for clutch

clutch

1

verb

(tr) to seize with or as if with hands or claws
(tr) to grasp or hold firmly
(intr usually foll by at) to attempt to get hold or possession (of)

noun

a device that enables two revolving shafts to be joined or disconnected as required, esp one that transmits the drive from the engine to the gearbox in a vehicle
a device for holding fast
a firm grasp
a hand, claw, or talon in the act of clutchingin the clutches of a bear
(often plural) power or controlin the clutches of the Mafia
Also called: clutch bag a handbag without handles

Word Origin for clutch

Old English clyccan; related to Old Frisian kletsie spear, Swedish klyka clasp, fork

noun

a hatch of eggs laid by a particular bird or laid in a single nest
a brood of chickens
informal a group, bunch, or cluster

verb

(tr) to hatch (chickens)

Word Origin for clutch

C17 (Northern English dialect) cletch, from Old Norse klekja to hatch

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Word Origin and History for clutch
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Idioms and Phrases with clutch

clutch

see grasp (clutch) at straws.

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