Origin of clannish
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2. exclusive, snobbish, distant, aloof, narrow.
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Examples from the Web for clannish
In the first place this interesting bird is a clannish fellow.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
Norfolk men are clannish, and Horbury's evidence carried weight.The Shrieking Pit
Arthur J. Rees
"Then the Highlanders are as clannish as ever," cried the General.Kate Carnegie and Those Ministers
But she was a clannish creature, and rushed at once to the defence of her brother.The Call of the Wild
They are national in form and colour, but clannish in opinion.
- of or characteristic of a clan
- tending to associate closely within a limited group to the exclusion of outsiders; cliquish
Word Origin and History for clannish
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