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clannish

[ klan-ish ]
/ ˈklæn ɪʃ /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of clannish

First recorded in 1770–80; clan + -ish1

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British Dictionary definitions for clannish

clannish
/ (ˈklænɪʃ) /

adjective
of or characteristic of a clan
tending to associate closely within a limited group to the exclusion of outsiders; cliquish

Derived forms of clannish

clannishly, adverbclannishness, noun
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