clasp knife

clasp knife
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klasp, klahsp nahyf]
    • /klæsp, klɑsp naɪf/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klasp, klahsp nahyf]
    • /klæsp, klɑsp naɪf/

Definitions of clasp knife words

  • noun clasp knife a large knife with one or more blades or other devices folding into the handle 3
  • noun clasp knife a large pocketknife, esp. one with blades which, when open, can be secured by a catch 3
  • noun clasp knife a large pocket knife having a blade or blades that may be folded into the handle. 1
  • noun clasp knife Alternative spelling of clasp-knife. 0

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Origin of clasp knife

First appearance:

before 1745
One of the 47% newest English words
First recorded in 1745-55

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Parts of speech for Clasp knife


clasp knife popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 36% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

clasp knife usage trend in Literature

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