- The definition of a clasp is something that holds two things together, or a firm hold.
- An example of a clasp is a belt buckle.
- An example of a clasp is a solid handshake.
- Clasp means to hold or grip tightly, or attach two or more things together.
- An example of clasp is keeping a firm hold on a child's hand when approaching a busy street.
- An example of clasp is a mountain climber hooking a line to the side of a mountain for support.
Two hands clasped together.
- a fastening, as a hook, buckle, or catch, to hold two things or parts together
- the act of holding or grasping; embrace
- a grip of the hand
- a metal bar attached to the ribbon of a military decoration to show a subsequent award of the same medal or to specify the type or place of service
Origin of claspMiddle English claspe, clapse; uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Old English clyppan, clasp: see clip
- to fasten with or as with a clasp
- to hold tightly with the arms or hands; grasp firmly; embrace
- to grip with the hand
- to entwine about; cling to
Origin of claspME claspen < the n.
- A fastening, such as a hook or buckle, used to hold two or more objects or parts together.
- a. An embrace or hug.b. A grip or grasp of the hand.
- A small metal bar or other device attached to the ribbon of a military decoration to indicate the action or service for which it was awarded or an additional award of the same medal.
transitive verbclasped, clasp·ing, clasps
- To fasten with or as if with a clasp.
- To hold in a tight embrace.
- To grip firmly in or with the hand; grasp.
Origin of claspMiddle English claspe, probably ultimately from Old English clyppan, to grasp, hold.
(third-person singular simple present clasps, present participle clasping, simple past and past participle clasped)
Noun dated in the 13th Century CE and verb dated in the late 14th Century CE; from claspe, possible modification of clapse, which is from Old English clyppan (“to grasp”). Related to enclasp (“embrace, hold tightly in one's arms”).