of, relating to, or characteristic of a clan.
inclined to associate exclusively with the members of one's own group; cliquish: the clannish behavior of the original members of the country club.
imbued with or influenced by the sentiments, prejudices, or the like, of a clan.

Nearby words

  1. clanging,
  2. clangor,
  3. clangorous,
  4. clangour,
  5. clank,
  6. clannishly,
  7. clansman,
  8. clanswoman,
  9. clap,
  10. clap eyes on

Origin of clannish

First recorded in 1770–80; clan + -ish1

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British Dictionary definitions for clannish



of or characteristic of a clan
tending to associate closely within a limited group to the exclusion of outsiders; cliquish
Derived Formsclannishly, adverbclannishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for clannish



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

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