From Middle English clubbe, from Old Norse klubba, klumba (“cudgel”), from Proto-Germanic *klumpô (“clip, clasp; clump, lump; log, block”), from Proto-Indo-European *glemb- (“log, block”), from *gel- (“to ball up, conglomerate, amass”). Cognate with English clump, cloud, Latin globus, glomus; and perhaps related to Middle Low German kolve (“bulb”), German Kolben (“butt, bulb, club”).
club (plural clubs)
- An association of members joining together for some common purpose, especially sports or recreation.
- 1892, Walter Besant, chapter III, in The Ivory Gate […], New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], →OCLC:
- At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. […] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
- A heavy object, often a kind of stick, intended for use as a bludgeoning weapon or a plaything.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, […], and all these articles […] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.
- 2021 March 10, Drachinifel, 5:50 from the start, in Guadalcanal Campaign - The Big Night Battle: Night 1 (IJN 3(?) : 2 USN), archived from the original on 17 October 2022:
- The attack also afforded Helena to a front-seat view of literal air-to-air melee combat, as one Wildcat pilot of the Cactus Air Force, who was swooping in to help break up the attack, found himself out of machine-gun ammo; instead, he dropped his landing gear, positioned himself above the nearest bomber, and begun beating it to death, in midair, using his landing gear as clubs. After a bit of evasive action that the fighter easily kept up with, the repeated slamming broke something important, and the bomber spiralled down into the sea.
- An implement to hit the ball in certain ball games, such as golf.
- A joint charge of expense, or any person's share of it; a contribution to a common fund.
- 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “ (please specify the fable number.) (please specify the name of the fable.)”, in Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: […], London: […] R[ichard] Sare, […], →OCLC:
- They laid down the Club.
- 17 Mat 1660, Samuel Pepys, diary
- first we went and dined at a French house , but paid 10s for our part of the club
- An establishment that provides staged entertainment, often with food and drink, such as a nightclub.
- She was sitting in a jazz club, sipping wine and listening to a bass player's solo.
- A black clover shape (♣), one of the four symbols used to mark the suits of playing cards.
- A playing card marked with such a symbol.
- I've got only one club in my hand.
- A playing card marked with such a symbol.
- (humorous) Any set of people with a shared characteristic.
- 2019, Tony Perrottet, “A Deep Dive Into the Plans to Take Tourists to the ‘Titanic’”, in Smithsonian Magazine:
- He also wanted to be only the second person to travel solo to at least that depth, the other being James Cameron, who in 2012 took an Australian-built sub into the Mariana Trench, reaching Challenger Deep, the ocean’s deepest point, touching down at close to 36,000 feet. “That’s a nice club to be a part of,” Rush says. Two weeks later, that club welcomed a new member, when a Texas businessman named Victor Vescovo reached 27,000 feet in his own experimental submersible.
- You also hate Night Court? Join the club.
- Michael stood you up? Welcome to the club.
- A club sandwich.
- 2004, Joanne M. Anderson, Small-town Restaurants in Virginia, page 123:
- Crab cake sandwiches, tuna melts, chicken clubs, salmon cakes, and prime-rib sandwiches are usually on the menu.
- The slice of bread in the middle of a club sandwich.
- (association of members): confraternity
- (weapon): cudgel
- (sports association): team
- See also Thesaurus:stick
- aero club
- ball club
- balloon club
- Baltimore club
- benefit club
- billy club
- book club
- booster club
- bottle club
- bowling club
- boys' club
- boy's club
- breakfast club
- camera club
- Christmas club
- Cinderella club
- club blues
- club cell
- club chair
- club drug
- club fender
- club foot
- club fungus
- club good
- club hair
- club haul
- club kid
- club law
- club moss
- club music
- club night
- club nine
- club rush
- club sandwich
- club soda
- club steak
- club topsail
- cock-and-hen club
- country club
- cricket club
- eating club
- expansion club
- fan club
- farm club
- final club
- fitness club
- football club
- game club
- gentleman's club
- gentlemen's club
- glee club
- golden club
- golf club
- goose club
- gun club
- gunstock war club
- health club
- Hercules' club
- Hercules club
- hybrid club
- Indian club
- in the club
- in the pudding club
- join the club
- lift club
- motorcycle club
- night club
- old boys' club
- on the club
- play club
- rescue club
- rowing club
- service club
- sex club
- shepherd's club
- sick club
- six-month club
- social club
- strip club
- student club
- supper club
- tennis club
- trench club
- trouble club
- war club
- warehouse club
- youth club
- → German: Klub
- → Greek: κλαμπ (klamp), γκλομπ (gklomp), γκλοπ n (gklop); κλομπ n (klomp)
- → Malay: kelab
- → Tokelauan: kalapu
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- (transitive) To hit with a club.
- He clubbed the poor dog.
- (intransitive) To join together to form a group.
- (intransitive, transitive) To combine into a club-shaped mass.
- a medical condition with clubbing of the fingers and toes
- (intransitive) To go to nightclubs.
- 1997, Sarah Penny, The whiteness of bones, page 4:
- In London you lived on beans, but you clubbed all night
- 2013, Fabrice Humbert, Sila's Fortune:
- He had been clubbing until the early hours
- We went clubbing in Ibiza.
- When I was younger, I used to go clubbing almost every night.
- (intransitive) To pay an equal or proportionate share of a common charge or expense.
- (transitive) To raise, or defray, by a proportional assessment.
- to club the expense
- (nautical) To drift in a current with an anchor out.
- (military) To throw, or allow to fall, into confusion.
- 1876, Major-General G. E. Voyle, Captain G. De Saint-Clair-Stevenson, F.R.G.S., A Military Dictionary, Comprising Terms, Scientific and Otherwise, Connected with the Science of War, Third Edition, London: William Clowes & Sons, page 80:
- To club a battalion implies a temporary inability in the commanding officer to restore any given body of men to their natural front in line or column.
- (transitive) To unite, or contribute, for the accomplishment of a common end.
- to club exertions
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volumes (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar, […], →OCLC:
- For instance, let us suppose that Homer and Virgil, Aristotle and Cicero, Thucydides and Livy, could have met all together, and have clubbed their several talents to have composed a treatise on the art of dancing: I believe it will be readily agreed they could not have equalled the excellent treatise which Mr Essex hath given us on that subject, entitled, The Rudiments of Genteel Education.
- 1854, The Eclectic Review, page 147:
- You see a person, who, added to yourself, would make, you think, a glorious being, and you proceed to idealize accordingly; you stand on his head, and outtower the tallest; you club your brains with his, and are wiser than the wisest; you add the heat of your heart to his, and produce a very furnace of love.
- (transitive, military) To turn the breech of (a musket) uppermost, so as to use it as a club.
club m (plural clubs)
- The diminutive clubje is often used derogatorily and tends to connote corruption, collusion and/or subversion.
club m (plural clubs)
- “club”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
club m (invariable)
- Alternative form of
club n (plural cluburi)