- 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.
Origin of clannish
Related formsclan·nish·ly, adverbclan·nish·ness, nounun·clan·nish, adjectiveun·clan·nish·ly, adverbun·clan·nish·ness, noun
First recorded in 1770–80; clan
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Examples from the Web for clannishness
Historical Examples of clannishness
There is another trait of the Goriouns to record—their clannishness.
The clannishness of the mountaineer has been the subject of much comment.
But their clannishness does not shelter them from all tribulation.
Thanks to their clannishness and pluck, they appear to be tolerably immune from attack.
Indications are that they have retained their clannishness to a considerable degree.
British Dictionary definitions for clannishness
Derived Formsclannishly, adverbclannishness, noun
- of or characteristic of a clan
- tending to associate closely within a limited group to the exclusion of outsiders; cliquish
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Word Origin and History for clannishness
"disposed to adhere closely to one another," 1747, from clan + -ish. Related: Clannishly; clannishness.
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