Origin of clutch

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

OTHER WORDS FROM clutch

clutch·ing·ly, adverbclutch·y, adjective

synonym study for clutch

1. See catch.

Definition for clutch (2 of 2)

clutch2
[ kluhch ]
/ klʌtʃ /

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 (1 of 2)

clutch1
/ (klʌtʃ) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for clutch

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

British Dictionary definitions for clutch (2 of 2)

clutch2
/ (klʌtʃ) /

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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Idioms and Phrases with clutch

clutch

see grasp (clutch) at straws.

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