Definition of


  1. (noun, act) (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
  2. (noun, artifact) a small slip noose made with seizing
  3. (noun, artifact) the flattened part of a nail or bolt or rivet
  4. (noun, artifact) a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together
  5. (noun, act) a tight or amorous embrace
  6. (verb, contact) secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts
  7. (verb, contact) hold a boxing opponent with one or both arms so as to prevent punches
  8. (verb, contact) hold in a tight grasp
  9. (verb, contact) embrace amorously
  10. (verb, contact) flatten the ends (of nails and rivets)
  11. (verb, communication) settle conclusively

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Clinch

clamp, clench, hug, squeeze

Origin of the word Clinch

  1. 1570, "clasp, interlock," var. of clench. The sense of "settle decisively" is first recorded 1716, from the notion of "clinching" the point of a nail to keep it fast. Boxing sense is from 1860. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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