Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

clannish

play
adjective clan·nish \ˈkla-nish\

Simple Definition of clannish

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of clannish

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a clan <clannish traditions>

  2. 2 :  tending to associate only with a select group of similar background or status <a clannish community>

clannishly

adverb

clannishness

noun

Examples of clannish in a sentence

  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>



1776

First Known Use of clannish

1776

Rhymes with clannish



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up clannish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the lowest point

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

fox-in-summer-forest

Which of these is a synonym of inchoate?

formless massive experimental frightening
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ