- Eye dialect spelling of close.
1904, Rex Beach, Pardners:
- Then she hugged the kiddie clost to her, standing straight and queenly, her eyes ablaze, her lips moist, and red, and scornful.
1910, Stewart Edward White, The Rules of the Game:
- "It won't get clost to there," put in Jack.
1922, Emerson Hough, The Covered Wagon:
- Don't waste no powder--let 'em come up clost as they will.