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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kluhch]
    • /klʌtʃ/
    • /klʌtʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kluhch]
    • /klʌtʃ/

Definitions of clutching word

  • verb with object clutching to hatch (chickens). 1
  • verb without object clutching to try to seize or grasp (usually followed by at): He clutched at the fleeing child. She clutched at the opportunity. 1
  • verb without object clutching Slang. to become tense with fright; panic (sometimes followed by up): I clutched up on the math exam. 1
  • verb without object clutching to operate the clutch in a vehicle. 1
  • noun clutching a hatch of eggs; the number of eggs produced or incubated at one time. 1
  • noun clutching a brood of chickens. 1

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Origin of clutching

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; Middle English clucchen, variant of clicchen, Old English clyccan to clench

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Parts of speech for Clutching


clutching popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

clutching usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clutching

noun clutching

Top questions with clutching

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