Origin of clutch

1
1175–1225; Middle English clucchen, variant of clicchen, Old English clyccan to clench
SYNONYMS FOR clutch
Related formsclutch·ing·ly, adverbclutch·y, adjective

Synonym study

1. See catch.
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British Dictionary definitions for clutchy (1 of 2)

clutch

1
/ (klʌtʃ) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for clutch

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

British Dictionary definitions for clutchy (2 of 2)

clutch

2
/ (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 clutchy

clutch


see grasp (clutch) at straws.

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