club·​bing ˈklə-biŋ How to pronounce clubbing (audio)
: the activity of patronizing nightclubs
At three in the morning, it's a different scene: friends coming off a night of clubbing trade stories of their conquests …Javier Cabral
: the condition of being clubbed
In March, during a life-insurance medical examination, he said, Dr. John C. Greco, a physician in Bridge City, had called to his attention the fact that he had developed finger clubbing.Paul Brodeur

Examples of clubbing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before the pandemic, 45 percent of the gross domestic product in the Balearic Islands, which include Ibiza, came from tourism, for which clubbing is a major draw. New York Times, 22 May 2022 Influences of Israeli folk dance and clubbing propel the nine dancers to tumble over one another, forming and reforming groups of two, three, and four. Catherine Tharin,, 15 July 2023 Superdown Emmie Mesh Mini dress The most ideal clubbing dresses can be found at Superdown. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 June 2023 Fans’ increased interest in gaming, streaming and clubbing activities has caused virtual clubs, online events and DJ live sets to grow in popularity. Paul Herrera, Rolling Stone, 30 Nov. 2021 The program includes dance, text, video and an exploration of culture on dating, clubbing and materialism. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2023 For day four of the bash, Alix was taking her family clubbing in Miami for the first time, with a cute little cocktail hour beforehand. Briannah Rivera, Seventeen, 10 May 2023 The responses included the use of apps to socialize, visiting local restaurants, and clubbing. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 9 May 2023 Dueling DJs spin tracks on three channels for a clubbing experience in total silence. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of clubbing was in 1593

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Cite this Entry

“Clubbing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


club·​bing ˈkləb-iŋ How to pronounce clubbing (audio)
: the condition of being clubbed
clubbing of the fingers and toes

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