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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A heavy stick intended for use as a weapon.
  • n. An association of members joining together for some common purpose, especially sports or recreation.
  • n. The fees associated with belonging to such a club.
  • n. An establishment that provides staged entertainment, often with food and drink, such as a nightclub.
  • n. A black clover shape (♣), one of the four symbols used to mark the suits of playing cards.
  • n. A playing card marked with such a symbol.
  • n. An implement to hit the ball in some ballgames, e.g. golf.
  • n. Any set of people with a shared characteristic.
  • v. to hit with a club.
  • v. To join together to form a group.
  • v. To combine into a club-shaped mass.
  • v. To go to nightclubs.
  • v. To pay an equal or proportionate share of a common charge or expense.
  • v. To drift in a current with an anchor out.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A heavy staff of wood, usually tapering, and wielded with the hand; a weapon; a cudgel.
  • n. Any card of the suit of cards having a figure like the trefoil or clover leaf. (pl.) The suit of cards having such figure.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A joint charge of expense, or any person's share of it; a contribution to a common fund.
  • intransitive v. To form a club; to combine for the promotion of some common object; to unite.
  • intransitive v. To pay on equal or proportionate share of a common charge or expense; to pay for something by contribution.
  • intransitive v. To drift in a current with an anchor out.
  • transitive v. To beat with a club.
  • transitive v. To throw, or allow to fall, into confusion.
  • transitive v. To unite, or contribute, for the accomplishment of a common end.
  • transitive v. To raise, or defray, by a proportional assesment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. In the games of golf and shinty, a staff with a crooked and heavy head for driving the ball. See golf-club, 1.
  • n. A round solid mass; a clump; a knot.
  • n. A playing-card that is marked with trefoils in the plural, the suit so marked.
  • n. 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.
  • n. In fungi of the family Clavariei, the claviform receptacle or one of its branches.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A company of persons organized to meet for social intercourse, or for the promotion of some common object, as literature, science, politics, etc.
  • n. A club-house.
  • n. The united expenses of a company; joint charge; mess account.
  • n. The contribution of an individual to a joint charge.
  • n. The expanded end of the tentacular arms in decacerous cephalopods.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. gather into a club-like mass
  • n. golf equipment used by a golfer to hit a golf ball
  • v. gather and spend time together
  • n. a formal association of people with similar interests
  • n. a building that is occupied by a social club
  • n. a playing card in the minor suit that has one or more black trefoils on it
  • n. a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink
  • v. unite with a common purpose
  • v. strike with a club or a bludgeon
  • n. stout stick that is larger at one end
  • n. a team of professional baseball players who play and travel together


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