a heavy stick, usually thicker at one end than at the other, suitable for use as a weapon; a cudgel.
a group of persons organized for a social, literary, athletic, political, or other purpose:
They organized a computer club.
the building or rooms occupied by such a group.
an organization that offers its subscribers certain benefits, as discounts, bonuses, or interest, in return for regular purchases or payments:
a book club; a record club; a Christmas club.
a nightclub, especially one in which people dance to popular music, drink, and socialize:
Last night we went to all the clubs in town.
a black trefoil-shaped figure on a playing card.
a card bearing such figures.
clubs, (used with a singular or plural verb) the suit so marked:
Clubs is trump. Clubs are trump.
verb (used with object), clubbed, clubbing.
to beat with or as with a club.
to gather or form into a clublike mass.
to unite; combine; join together.
to contribute as one’s share toward a joint expense; make up by joint contribution (often followed by up or together):
They clubbed their dollars together to buy the expensive present.
to defray by proportional shares.
to hold (a rifle, shotgun, etc.) by the barrel, so as to use the stock as a club.
verb (used without object), clubbed, clubbing.
Informal. to go to nightclubs, especially to dance, drink, and socialize:
The students at that university go clubbing every Friday night.
to combine or join together, as for a common purpose.
to attend a club or a club’s activities.
to gather into a mass.
to contribute to a common fund.
Nautical. to drift in a current with an anchor, usually rigged with a spring, dragging or dangling to reduce speed.
of or relating to a club.
consisting of a combination of foods offered at the price set on the menu:
They allow no substitutions on the club luncheon.
a stout stick, usually with one end thicker than the other, esp one used as a weapon
a stick or bat used to strike the ball in various sports, esp golf See golf club (sense 1)
short for Indian club
a group or association of people with common aims or interests: a wine club
a building in which elected, fee-paying members go to meet, dine, read, etc
a commercial establishment in which people can drink and dance; disco See also nightclub
(mainly Brit) an organization, esp in a shop, set up as a means of saving
(Brit) an informal word for friendly society
(Brit, slang) in the club, pregnant
(Brit, slang) on the club, away from work due to sickness, esp when receiving sickness benefit
verb clubs, clubbing, clubbed
(transitive) to beat with or as if with a club
(often foll by together) to gather or become gathered into a group
(often foll by together) to unite or combine (resources, efforts, etc) for a common purpose
(transitive) to use (a rifle or similar firearm) as a weapon by holding the barrel and hitting with the butt
(intransitive) (nautical) to drift in a current, reducing speed by dragging anchor
c.1200, “thick stick used as a weapon,” from Old Norse klubba “cudgel” or a similar Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish klubba, Danish klubbe), assimilated from Proto-Germanic *klumbon, related to clump (n.). Old English words for this were sagol, cycgel. Specific sense of “bat used in games” is from mid-15c.
The club suit in the deck of cards (1560s) bears the correct name (Spanish basto, Italian bastone), but the pattern adopted on English cards is the French trefoil. Cf. Danish klőver, Dutch klaver “a club at cards,” literally “a clover.”
The social club (1660s) apparently evolved from this word from the verbal sense “gather in a club-like mass” (1620s), then, as a noun, “association of people” (1640s).
We now use the word clubbe for a sodality in a tavern. [John Aubrey, 1659]
Admission to membership of clubs is commonly by ballot. Clubs are now an important feature of social life in all large cities, many of them occupying large buildings containing reading-rooms, libraries, restaurants, etc. [Century Dictionary, 1902]
I got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it. [Rufus T. Firefly]
Club sandwich recorded by 1899, apparently as a type of sandwich served in clubs; club soda is 1877, originally a proprietary name.
“to hit with a club,” 1590s, from club (v.). Meaning “gather in a club-like mass” is from 1620s. Related: Clubbed; clubbing.
CLUB, verb (military). — In manoeuvring troops, so to blunder the word of command that the soldiers get into a position from which they cannot extricate themselves by ordinary tactics. [Farmer & Henley]
bottle club, deuce of clubs, key club, mile-high club, rap club, welcome to the club
see: join the club
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