cliquish

cliquish

[klee-kish, klik-ish]
adjective
1.
associating exclusively with the members of one's own clique; clannish.
2.
tending to divide into cliques: a cliquish neighborhood.
3.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a clique: narrow, cliquish notions about art.

Origin:
1850–55; clique + -ish1

cliquishly, adverb
cliquishness, noun
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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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