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.
An example of a clasp is a belt buckle.
An example of a clasp is a solid handshake.
Origin of clasp
- Middle English claspe probably ultimately from Old English clyppan to grasp, hold
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).