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clannish

[klan-ish] /ˈklæn ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a clan.
2.
inclined to associate exclusively with the members of one's own group; cliquish:
the clannish behavior of the original members of the country club.
3.
imbued with or influenced by the sentiments, prejudices, or the like, of a clan.
Origin of clannish
1770-1780
First recorded in 1770-80; clan + -ish1
Related forms
clannishly, adverb
clannishness, noun
unclannish, adjective
unclannishly, adverb
unclannishness, noun
Synonyms
2. exclusive, snobbish, distant, aloof, narrow.
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clannish

/ˈklænɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of or characteristic of a clan
2.
tending to associate closely within a limited group to the exclusion of outsiders; cliquish
Derived Forms
clannishly, adverb
clannishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for clannish
adj.

"disposed to adhere closely to one another," 1747, from clan + -ish. Related: Clannishly; clannishness.

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