cliqueless

clique

[kleek, klik]
noun
1.
a small, exclusive group of people; coterie; set.
verb (used without object), cliqued, cliquing.
2.
Informal. to form, or associate in, a clique.

Origin:
1705–15; < French, apparently metaphorical use of Middle French clique latch, or noun derivative of cliquer to make noise, resound, imitative word parallel to click1

cliqueless, adjective
cliquey, cliquy, adjective
cliquism, noun
subclique, noun

1. claque, clique ; 2. click, clique.


1. See circle, ring1.
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clique (kliːk, klɪk)
 
n
a small, exclusive group of friends or associates
 
[C18: from French, perhaps from Old French: latch, from cliquer to click; suggestive of the necessity to exclude nonmembers]
 
'cliquish
 
adj
 
'cliquishly
 
adv
 
'cliquishness
 
n

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clique
1711, from Fr. clique, from O.Fr. cliquer "to make a noise," echoic. Apparently this word was at one time treated as the equivalent of claque.
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