[klee-kish, klik-ish]
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  1. associating exclusively with the members of one's own clique; clannish.
  2. tending to divide into cliques: a cliquish neighborhood.
  3. of, relating to, or characteristic of a clique: narrow, cliquish notions about art.

Origin of cliquish

First recorded in 1850–55; clique + -ish1
Related formscli·quish·ly, adverbcli·quish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Word Origin and History for cliquish

1839, from clique + -ish. Related: Cliquishly; cliquishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper