Clutch is defined as to grasp or hold tightly.(verb)
An example of clutch is for a child to hold his mother's hand with a strong grip on the first day of school.
Clutch means a pedal in the car used to shift gears.(noun)
An example of clutch is the pedal next to the brake which is used when shifting gears in a car.
The definition of clutch is done in a critical situation.(adjective)
An example of clutch is a winning point scored in the last few seconds of a hockey game.
See clutch in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME clucchen < OE clyccan, to clench (infl. in meaning by ME cloke, a claw) < IE *glek- (> cling) < base *gel-: see climb
Origin: ME clucche < the v.
Origin: dial. < ME clekken (< ON klekja), to hatch
See clutch in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb clutched, clutch·ing, clutch·es verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English clucchen
Origin: , from Old English clyccan.
Origin: Variant of dialectal cletch
Origin: ; akin to Middle English clekken, to hatch
Origin: , from Old Norse klekja.
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