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

Definitions of clutchy word

  • adjective clutchy (of a person) tending to cling 3
  • verb with object clutchy to seize with or as with the hands or claws; snatch: The bird swooped down and clutched its prey with its claws. 1
  • verb with object clutchy to grip or hold tightly or firmly: She clutched the child's hand as they crossed the street. 1
  • verb with object clutchy Slang. to spellbind; grip a person's emotions, attention, or interest: Garbo movies really clutch me. 1
  • verb without object clutchy 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 clutchy Slang. to become tense with fright; panic (sometimes followed by up): I clutched up on the math exam. 1

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Origin of clutchy

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 Clutchy


clutchy 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.
According to our data about 74% 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.

clutchy usage trend in Literature

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