- ? Probably a past tense form of clench, clutch or clitch. Or both?
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XXI:
- And there cam an arme and an honde above the watir, and toke hit and cleyght hit, and shoke hit thryse and braundysshed, and than vanysshed with the swerde into the watir.