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clubby

[kluhb-ee]
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adjective, club·bi·er, club·bi·est.
  1. characteristic of a club: The room had a warm, clubby atmosphere.
  2. very friendly; intimate; chummy: He became clubby with the bartender, who slipped him many free drinks.
  3. socially exclusive; cliquish: Their group is very clubby and unfriendly.
  4. inclined to join clubs.
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Origin of clubby

First recorded in 1855–60; club + -y1
Related formsclub·bi·ly, adverbclub·bi·ness, noun
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  • 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

clubby

adjective -bier or -biest
  1. sociable, esp effusively so
  2. exclusive or cliquish
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Derived Formsclubbily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for clubby

adj.

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

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