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clannish

[klan-ish]
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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.
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Origin of clannish

First recorded in 1770–80; clan + -ish1
Related formsclan·nish·ly, adverbclan·nish·ness, nounun·clan·nish, adjectiveun·clan·nish·ly, adverbun·clan·nish·ness, noun

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2. exclusive, snobbish, distant, aloof, narrow.
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Examples from the Web for clannishness

Historical Examples

  • There is another trait of the Goriouns to record—their clannishness.

    Tramping with Tramps

    Josiah Flynt

  • The clannishness of the mountaineer has been the subject of much comment.

  • But their clannishness does not shelter them from all tribulation.

    Jungle Folk

    Douglas Dewar

  • Thanks to their clannishness and pluck, they appear to be tolerably immune from attack.

    Jungle Folk

    Douglas Dewar

  • Indications are that they have retained their clannishness to a considerable degree.


British Dictionary definitions for clannishness

clannish

adjective
  1. of or characteristic of a clan
  2. tending to associate closely within a limited group to the exclusion of outsiders; cliquish
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Derived Formsclannishly, adverbclannishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for clannishness

clannish

adj.

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

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