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[kluhb-ee] /ˈklʌb i/
adjective, clubbier, clubbiest.
characteristic of a club:
The room had a warm, clubby atmosphere.
very friendly; intimate; chummy:
He became clubby with the bartender, who slipped him many free drinks.
socially exclusive; cliquish:
Their group is very clubby and unfriendly.
inclined to join clubs.
Origin of clubby
1855-60; club + -y1
Related forms
clubbily, adverb
clubbiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for clubby
  • There are a few dozen labs worldwide engaged in this research, and the atmosphere among them is laid-back and clubby.
  • In such a clubby, comfortable place, pronouncements about the origin of the cosmos seem a bit overreaching.
  • Before the financial crisis, the banking industry was too concentrated and clubby.
  • Friendly, he is clubby to the point of downright intimacy.
  • He was greeted at the clubby restaurant as an old friend.
  • The clubby atmosphere discouraged whistle-blowing against higher-ups.
  • Once the industry was clubby and opaque, the preserve of rich families and private endowments.
  • Those that get too clubby miss good ideas produced by outsiders.
  • But the council-clubby and complacent-was mainly interested in policing unethical behaviour, not poor clinical practice.
  • The clubby elite macroeconomists ignored these people.
British Dictionary definitions for clubby


adjective -bier, -biest
sociable, esp effusively so
exclusive or cliquish
Derived Forms
clubbily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for clubby

"of a social disposition," 1859, from club (n.) in the associative sense + -y (2). Related: Clubbily; clubbiness.

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