Definition of clannish
- clannish traditions
- a clannish community
The college faculty can be pretty clannish, so it's difficult to be an outsider there.
a clannish family that can be rather cool to outsiders
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: not showing interest in people who are not part of your group or who are not similar to you
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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