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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klasp, klahsp]
    • /klæsp, klɑsp/
    • /klɑːsp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klasp, klahsp]
    • /klæsp, klɑsp/

Definitions of clasp word

  • verb clasp If you clasp someone or something, you hold them tightly in your hands or arms. 3
  • verb clasp Clasp is also a noun. 3
  • countable noun clasp A clasp is a small device that fastens something. 3
  • noun clasp a fastening, such as a catch or hook, used for holding things together 3
  • noun clasp a firm grasp, hold, or embrace 3
  • noun clasp a bar or insignia on a medal ribbon, to indicate either a second award or the battle, campaign, or reason for its award 3

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Origin of clasp

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English clasp (noun), claspen (v.), perhaps blend of clippen clip2 and haspe hasp

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Clasp


clasp popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

clasp usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clasp

verb clasp

  • grasp — to seize and hold by or as if by clasping with the fingers or arms.
  • clutch — If you clutch at something or clutch something, you hold it tightly, usually because you are afraid or anxious.
  • clamp — A clamp is a device that holds two things firmly together.
  • fasten — to attach firmly or securely in place; fix securely to something else.
  • grip — the act of grasping; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp.

adjective clasp

  • tied up — to bind, fasten, or attach with a cord, string, or the like, drawn together and knotted: to tie a tin can on a dog's tail.

noun clasp

  • fastener — any of various devices for fastening.
  • hook — a curved or angular piece of metal or other hard substance for catching, pulling, holding, or suspending something.
  • catch — If you catch a person or animal, you capture them after chasing them, or by using a trap, net, or other device.
  • hook and eye — a two-piece clothes fastener, usually of metal, consisting of a hook that catches onto a loop or bar.
  • popper — Sir Karl (Raimund) [rey-muh nd] /ˈreɪ mənd/ (Show IPA), 1902–1994, British philosopher, born in Austria.

Antonyms for clasp

verb clasp

  • release — to lease again.
  • loosen — to unfasten or undo, as a bond or fetter.
  • unlock — to undo the lock of (a door, chest, etc.), especially with a key.
  • disbelieve — to have no belief in; refuse or reject belief in: to disbelieve reports of UFO sightings.
  • reject — to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.

noun clasp

  • misconception — an erroneous conception; mistaken notion.
  • misunderstanding — failure to understand correctly; mistake as to meaning or intent.

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