adjective \ˈkla-nish\

: not showing interest in people who are not part of your group or who are not similar to you

Full Definition of CLANNISH

:  of or relating to a clan <clannish traditions>
:  tending to associate only with a select group of similar background or status <a clannish community>
clan·nish·ly adverb
clan·nish·ness noun

Examples of CLANNISH

  1. The college faculty can be pretty clannish, so it's difficult to be an outsider there.
  2. <a clannish family that can be rather cool to outsiders>

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