- clutchclutch1 or clutch bag [kluch]vt.[ME clucchen < OE clyccan, to clench (infl. in meaning by ME cloke, a claw) < IE * glek- (> CLING) < base * gel-: see CLIMB]1. to grasp, seize, or snatch with a hand or claw2. to grasp or hold eagerly or tightlyvi.1. to snatch or seize (at)2. to engage the clutch of an automobile, etc.☆ 3. Informal to become tense with anxiety, fear, etc.: often with upn.[ME clucche < the v.]1. a claw or hand in the act of seizing2. [usually pl.] power; control3.a) the act of clutchingb) a grasp; grip4.a) a mechanical, electromagnetic, or hydraulic device for engaging a driving shaft to, or disengaging it from, a driven shaftb) the lever or pedal, as in an automobile, by which this device is operated5. a device for gripping and holding, as in a crane6. a woman's small handbag with no handle or strap, held in the hand: also clutch bag☆ 7. Informal a critical situation or emergency [dependable in the clutch]adj.☆ Informal1. designating or done in a critical situation2. likely to function well or be successful in such a situationSYN.- TAKEclutch2 [kluch]vt.[dial. < ME clekken (< ON klekja), to hatch]Rare to hatch (chicks)n.1. a nest of eggs2. a brood of chicks3. a number of persons, animals, or things gathered together; cluster
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.