verb (used without object), cliqued, cli·quing.
Origin of clique
Examples from the Web for cliquey
People here are cliquey, and Carlotta and Peggy are the only girls in the crowd that I've ever known before.Brenda's Ward|Helen Leah Reed
I enjoyed the same sort of cliquey reputation and public failure attending a certain novel entitled Marius the Epicurean.The Sorrows of Satan|Marie Corelli
Godalming folks will tell you that Guildford is “cliquey,” by which term I understand exclusiveness to be meant.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
British Dictionary definitions for cliquey (1 of 2)
adjective -ier or -iest
British Dictionary definitions for cliquey (2 of 2)
Word Origin for clique
Word Origin and History for cliquey
1711, "a party of persons; a small set, especially one associating for exclusivity," from obsolete French clique, originally (14c.) "a sharp noise," also "latch, bolt of a door," from Old French cliquer "click, clatter, crackle, clink," 13c., echoic. Apparently this word was at one time treated in French as the equivalent of claque (q.v.) and partook of that word's theatrical sense.