adjective Date: 1776 1. of or relating to a clan <
clannish traditions
2. tending to associate only with a select group of similar background or status <
a clannish community
clannishly adverbclannishness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Clannish — Clan nish, a. Of or pertaining to a clan; closely united, like a clan; disposed to associate only with one s clan or clique; actuated by the traditions, prejudices, habits, etc., of a clan. {Clan nish*ly}, adv. {clan nish*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clannish — index exclusive (limited), partisan, restrictive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • clannish — 1776, from CLAN (Cf. clan) + ISH (Cf. ish) …   Etymology dictionary

  • clannish — [adj] exclusive, select akin, alike, associative, cliquish, close, insular, like, narrow, related, reserved, restricting, restrictive, sectarian, unfriendly, unreceptive; concept 555 Ant. friendly, open, welcoming …   New thesaurus

  • clannish — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ tending to exclude others outside the group. DERIVATIVES clannishly adverb clannishness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • clannish — [klan′ish] adj. 1. of a clan 2. tending to associate closely with one s own group and to avoid others clannishly adv. clannishness n …   English World dictionary

  • clannish — clan|nish [ˈklænıʃ] adj written a group of people who are clannish are very close to each other, and seem unfriendly towards strangers ▪ a small clannish community …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • clannish — [[t]klæ̱nɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe a group of people as clannish, you mean that they often spend time together and may seem unfriendly to other people who are not in the group. [INFORMAL] ...a Liverpool nightclub run by and for the… …   English dictionary

  • clannish — clannishly, adv. clannishness, n. /klan ish/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a clan. 2. inclined to associate exclusively with the members of one s own group; cliquish: the clannish behavior of the original members of the country …   Universalium

  • clannish — adjective your daughter is part of a very clannish group of girls Syn: cliquey, cliquish, insular, exclusive; unfriendly, unwelcoming …   Thesaurus of popular words

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