- The definition of clutch is done in a critical situation.
An example of clutch is a winning point scored in the last few seconds of a hockey game.
- Clutch means a pedal in the car used to shift gears.
An example of clutch is the pedal next to the brake which is used when shifting gears in a car.
- Clutch is defined as to grasp or hold tightly.
An example of clutch is for a child to hold his mother's hand with a strong grip on the first day of school.
- to grasp, seize, or snatch with a hand or claw
- to grasp or hold eagerly or tightly
Origin of clutchMiddle English clucchen ; from Old English clyccan, to clench (infl. in meaning by Middle English cloke, a claw) ; from Indo-European an unverified form glek- (from source cling) ; from base an unverified form gel-: see climb
- to snatch or seize (at)
- to engage the clutch of an automobile, etc.
- ☆ Informal to become tense with anxiety, fear, etc.: often with up
- a claw or hand in the act of seizing
- power; control
- the act of clutching
- a grasp; grip
- a mechanical, electromagnetic, or hydraulic device for engaging a driving shaft to, or disengaging it from, a driven shaft
- the lever or pedal, as in an automobile, by which this device is operated
- a device for gripping and holding, as in a crane
- a woman's small handbag with no handle or strap, held in the handalso clutch bag
- ☆ Informal a critical situation or emergency: dependable in the clutch
Origin of clutchME clucche < the v.
- designating or done in a critical situation
- likely to function well or be successful in such a situation
Origin of clutchdialect, dialectal ; from Middle English clekken (; from Old Norse klekja), to hatch
- a nest of eggs
- a brood of chicks
- a number of persons, animals, or things gathered together; cluster
verbclutched, clutch·ing, clutch·es
- To grasp and hold tightly: a child clutching a blanket.
- To seize; snatch: clutched the banana from my hand.
- To attempt to grasp or seize: clutch at a life raft.
- To engage or disengage a motor vehicle's clutch.
- A hand, claw, talon, or paw in the act of grasping.
- A tight grasp.
- often clutches Control or power: caught in the clutches of sin.
- A device for gripping and holding.
- a. Any of various devices for engaging and disengaging two working parts of a shaft or of a shaft and a driving mechanism.b. The apparatus, such as a lever or pedal, that activates one of these devices.
- A tense, critical situation: came through in the clutch.
- A clutch bag.
- Being or occurring in a tense or critical situation: won the championship by sinking a clutch putt.
- Tending to be successful in tense or critical situations: The coach relied on her clutch pitcher.
Origin of clutchMiddle English clucchen, from Old English clyccan.
- The complete set of eggs produced or incubated at one time.
- A brood of chickens.
- A group; a bunch.
transitive verbclutched, clutch·ing, clutch·es
Origin of clutchVariant of dialectal cletch; akin to Middle English clekken, to hatch, from Old Norse klekja.
(third-person singular simple present clutches, present participle clutching, simple past and past participle clutched)
- The claw of a predatory animal or bird. [from 13th c.]
- (by extension) A grip, especially one seen as rapacious or evil. [from 16th c.]
- A device to interrupt power transmission, commonly used between engine and gearbox in a car. [from 19th c.]
- The pedal in a car that disengages power transmission.
- Any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle.
- A small handbag or purse with no straps or handle.
- (US) An important or critical situation.
(comparative more clutch, superlative most clutch)
- (US) Performing or tending to perform well in difficult, high-pressure situations.
From Middle English clucchen, clicchen, cluchen, clechen, cleken, from Old English clyccan (“to clutch, clench”), from Proto-Germanic *klukjaną, from Proto-Germanic *klu- (“to ball up, conglomerate, amass”), from Proto-Indo-European *glew- (“to ball up; lump, mass”). Cognate with Swedish klyka (“clamp, fork, branch”). The noun is from Middle English cleche, cloche, cloke ("claw, talon, hand"; compare Scots cleuk, cluke, cluik (“claw, talon”)), of uncertain origin, with the form probably assimilated to the verb.
Alternative etymology derives Old English clyccan from Proto-Germanic *klēk- (“claw, hand”), from Proto-Indo-European *glēk-, *ǵlēḱ- (“claw, hand; to clutch, snatch”). If so, then cognate with Irish glac (“hand”).