from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A stout heavy stick, usually thicker at one end, suitable for use as a weapon; a cudgel.
  • noun An implement used in some games to drive a ball, especially a stick with a protruding head used in golf.
  • noun Something resembling a club.
  • noun A black figure shaped like a trefoil or clover leaf on certain playing cards.
  • noun A playing card with this figure.
  • noun The suit of cards represented by this figure.
  • noun A group of people organized for a common purpose, especially a group that meets regularly.
  • noun The building, room, or other facility used for the meetings of an organized group.
  • noun Sports An athletic team or organization.
  • noun A nightclub.
  • intransitive verb To strike or beat with a club or similar implement.
  • intransitive verb To use (a firearm) as a club by holding the barrel and hitting with the butt end.
  • intransitive verb To gather or combine (hair, for example) into a clublike mass.
  • intransitive verb To contribute (money or resources) to a joint or common purpose.
  • intransitive verb To join or combine for a common purpose; form a club.
  • intransitive verb To go to or frequent nightclubs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A company of persons organized to meet for social intercourse, or for the promotion of some common object, as literature, science, politics, etc.
  • noun A club-house.
  • noun The united expenses of a company; joint charge; mess account.
  • noun The contribution of an individual to a joint charge.
  • noun A stick or piece of wood suitable for being wielded in the hand as a weapon; a thick, heavy stick used as a weapon; a cudgel.
  • noun In the games of golf and shinty, a staff with a crooked and heavy head for driving the ball. See golf-club, 1.
  • noun A round solid mass; a clump; a knot.
  • noun A playing-card that is marked with trefoils in the plural, the suit so marked.
  • noun In entomology, a suddenly broadened outer portion of an antenna, formed by two, three, or more enlarged terminal joints, as in most weevils. See cut under clavate.
  • noun In fungi of the family Clavariei, the claviform receptacle or one of its branches.
  • noun A small spar to which the foot of a gaff-topsail or the clue of a staysail or jib is bent to make the sail set to the best advantage.
  • To combine or join together, as a number of individuals, for a common purpose; form a club: as, to club together to form a library.
  • Specifically, to contribute to a common fund; combine to raise money for a certain purpose.
  • To be united in producing a certain effect; combine into a whole.
  • To unite; add together by contribution; combine.
  • To divide into an average amount for each individual concerned: as, to club the expense of an entertainment.
  • Nautical, to drift down a current with an anchor dragging on the bottom.
  • noun The expanded end of the tentacular arms in decacerous cephalopods.
  • To beat with a club.
  • To convert into a club; use as a club: as, to club a musket (by taking hold of the barrel and striking with the butt).
  • To unite, as the hair, in a solid mass or knot resembling a club.
  • Milit., to demoralize or confuse by a blunder in tactical manœuvers: as, to club a battalion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To beat with a club.
  • transitive verb (Mil.) To throw, or allow to fall, into confusion.
  • transitive verb To unite, or contribute, for the accomplishment of a common end.
  • transitive verb To raise, or defray, by a proportional assesment.
  • transitive verb (Mil.) to turn the breach uppermost, so as to use it as a club.
  • noun A heavy staff of wood, usually tapering, and wielded with the hand; a weapon; a cudgel.
  • noun Any card of the suit of cards having a figure like the trefoil or clover leaf. (pl.) The suit of cards having such figure.
  • noun An association of persons for the promotion of some common object, as literature, science, politics, good fellowship, etc.; esp. an association supported by equal assessments or contributions of the members.
  • noun A joint charge of expense, or any person's share of it; a contribution to a common fund.
  • noun government by violence; lynch law; anarchy.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old Norse klubba.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English clubbe, from Old Norse klubba ("cudgel"), cognate with Old High German kolbo ("club") and German Kolbe ("club")



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  • At the inn where we put up, some time after our arrival, there alighted a tradesman of Toledo on his way to Segorba. We clubbed our suppers.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 5 ch. 1

    September 19, 2008