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Origin of clutch

1
First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English clucchen, variant of clicchen, Old English clyccan “to clench”

synonym study for clutch

1. See catch.

OTHER WORDS FROM clutch

clutch·ing·ly, adverbclutch·y, adjective

Other definitions 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
First recorded in 1715–25; variant of cletch (now dialectal); akin to Scots cleck “to hatch,” from 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with clutch

clutch

see grasp (clutch) at straws.

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