adjective, club·bi·er, club·bi·est.

characteristic of a club: The room had a warm, clubby atmosphere.
very friendly; intimate; chummy: He became clubby with the bartender, who slipped him many free drinks.
socially exclusive; cliquish: Their group is very clubby and unfriendly.
inclined to join clubs.

Origin of clubby

First recorded in 1855–60; club + -y1
Related formsclub·bi·ly, adverbclub·bi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clubby

Contemporary Examples of clubby

  • GLOBAL FRATERNITY The Mostly Male Face of Davos The World Economic Forum is like a fraternity—loud, clubby, and male.

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    The Buzz of Davos

    David Kirkpatrick

    January 27, 2011

  • But here we have the original home that used "Sandstorm" for clubby Christmas light display in 2006.

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    World's Most Outrageous Christmas-Light Displays

    The Daily Beast Video

    December 17, 2010

  • Gavin previously asserted that Reliable Sources had a "clubby" atmosphere and repeatedly uses a select few Beltway guests.

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    July 4: 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk

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    July 4, 2010

Historical Examples of clubby

  • Morgan knocked the ashes out of his short, clubby little pipe, put it in his shirt pocket behind his badge, and went on.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden

  • It was built on the lines of a gigantic centipede, with two rows of clubby oars beneath, and ranked as the popular favourite.

  • We could of talked to plenty o' people here, all right; they were as clubby a gang as I ever seen.

  • An' it's too broad an' clubby f'r a grizzly, an' the claws are too long f'r the length of the foot.

    The Grizzly King

    James Oliver Curwood

British Dictionary definitions for clubby


adjective -bier or -biest

sociable, esp effusively so
exclusive or cliquish
Derived Formsclubbily, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for clubby

"of a social disposition," 1859, from club (n.) in the associative sense + -y (2). Related: Clubbily; clubbiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper