Wallet vs Clutch - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between wallet and clutch

is that wallet is a small case, often flat and often made of leather, for keeping money (especially paper money), credit cards, etc while clutch is the claw of a predatory animal or bird or clutch can be a brood of chickens or a sitting of eggs.

As a verb clutch is

to seize, as though with claws.

As an adjective clutch is

(us) performing or tending to perform well in difficult, high-pressure situations.



(wikipedia wallet)


(en noun)
  • A small case, often flat and often made of leather, for keeping money (especially paper money), credit cards, etc.
  • The thief stole all the money and credit cards out of the old man's wallet .
  • (by extension, slang) A person's bank account or assets.
  • It's unknown if the pro running back's recent sex scandal will hit him in the wallet or not.
  • A thick case or folder with plastic sleeves in which compact discs may be stored.
  • I won an auction online for a cheap CD wallet .
  • (archaic) A bag or pouch.
  • He brought with him a large wallet with some provisions for the road.


    * billfold * pocketbook

    See also

    * purse





    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) clucchen, clicchen, cluchen, clechen, cleken, from (etyl) . Cognate with (etyl) , of uncertain origin, with the form probably assimilated to the verb. Alternative etymology derives Old English clyccan from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * (l), (l), (l) (dialectal) * (l), (l), (l), (l) (dialectal) * (l) (obsolete)


  • To seize, as though with claws.
  • to clutch power
  • * Collier
  • A man may set the poles together in his head, and clutch the whole globe at one intellectual grasp.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Is this a dagger which I see before me ? / Come, let me clutch thee.
  • To grip or grasp tightly.
  • She clutched her purse tightly and walked nervously into the building.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Not that I have the power to clutch my hand.


  • The claw of a predatory animal or bird.
  • (by extension) A grip, especially one seen as rapacious or evil.
  • * Cowper
  • the clutch of poverty
  • * Carlyle
  • an expiring clutch at popularity
  • * Bishop Stillingfleet
  • I must have little care of myself, if I ever more come near the clutches of such a giant.
  • * 1919 ,
  • You scold yourself; you know it is only your nerves—and yet, and yet... In a little while it is impossible to resist the terror that seizes you, and you are helpless in the clutch of an unseen horror.
  • A device to interrupt power transmission, commonly used between engine and gearbox in a car.
  • The pedal in a car that disengages power transmission.
  • Any device for gripping an object, as at the end of a chain or tackle.
  • A small handbag or purse with no straps or handle.
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • The clutch which I had made to save myself in falling had torn away this chin-band and let the lower jaw drop on the breast; but little else was disturbed, and there was Colonel John Mohune resting as he had been laid out a century ago.
  • (US) An important or critical situation.
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  • Synonyms
    * clutch bag (small handbag)


    (en adjective)
  • (US) Performing or tending to perform well in difficult, high-pressure situations.
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  • * 2009 , Scott Trocchia, The 2006 Yankees: The Frustration of a Nation, A Fan's Perspective , page 21:
  • I start with his most obvious characteristic: he was clutch'. He is Mr. '''Clutch'''. In the last chapter I mentioned that Bernie Williams was '''clutch''', which was a valid assessment, but nobody on the Yankees was as ' clutch as Jeter was.
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  • Etymology 2

    Variant form of (cletch), from (etyl) .


  • A brood of chickens or a sitting of eggs.
  • A group or bunch (of people or things).
  • * 2012 , The Economist, 22nd Sep., Innovation in Government: Britain's Local Labs
  • No longer would Britons routinely blame the national government when things went wrong. Instead they would demand action from a new clutch of elected mayors, police commissioners and the like.

    Alternative forms



  • a (l) (device between engine and gearbox )
  • clutch pedal
  • trå in clutchen - step on the clutch


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