Other Word Forms of Clasp
Origin of Clasp
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”).
Middle English claspe probably ultimately from Old English clyppan to grasp, hold
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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