- a small, exclusive group of people; coterie; set.
- Informal. to form, or associate in, a clique.
Origin of clique
Examples from the Web for cliquey
Historical Examples of cliquey
I enjoyed the same sort of cliquey reputation and public failure attending a certain novel entitled Marius the Epicurean.The Sorrows of Satan
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
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
- exclusive, confined to a small group; forming cliques
- a small, exclusive group of friends or associates
Word Origin for clique
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.