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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
First recorded in 1855-60; club + -y1
Related forms
clubbily, adverb
clubbiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Morgan knocked the ashes out of his short, clubby little pipe, put it in his shirt pocket behind his badge, and went on.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden
  • It was built on the lines of a gigantic centipede, with two rows of clubby oars beneath, and ranked as the popular favourite.

    The Secret of the League Ernest Bramah
  • We could of talked to plenty o' people here, all right; they were as clubby a gang as I ever seen.

    Gullible's Travels, Etc. Ring W. Lardner
  • An' it's too broad an' clubby f'r a grizzly, an' the claws are too long f'r the length of the foot.

    The Grizzly King

    James Oliver Curwood
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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