club·by | \ˈklə-bē \
clubbier; clubbiest

Definition of clubby 

: characteristic of a club or club members: such as

a : displaying friendliness especially to other members of the same social group : sociable

b : open only to qualified or approved persons : select, elite

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clubbiness noun

Examples of clubby in a Sentence

the clubby world of New York's social elite new in town, she was hoping some of her clubbier coworkers might show her the city's hot spots

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The clubby, moneyed, wily, cricket-mad conservative compares his insurgency, favorably, to the Viet Cong. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Arron Banks: The brash British millionaire who backed Brexit, befriended the Russian ambassador and loves Trump," 30 June 2018 When La Goulue, the clubby French restaurant favored by Upper East Side socialites and others in the Black Card set, reopened in January after an eight-year absence, a certain rush was to be expected. Beth Landman, New York Times, "A Clubby French Bistro Ruffles Uptown Social Feathers," 21 Feb. 2018 Dinner is served in the narrow, clubby, wood-paneled Consort Bar. New York Times, "We’ll Never Be Royals, But ...," 21 Apr. 2018 Scottish DJ Calvin Harris is a hit-making machine, working this time with pop star Dua Lipa to deliver a summer jam of clubby ’90s beats and smooth vocals. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Best Songs of 2018 So Far," 1 June 2018 The space looks clubby and grand: vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling marble walls, leather banquettes, and dark wood. Devra First,, "Your 20-ounce prime chateaubriand is ready for its closeup," 7 June 2018 Steak dinner at Mastro’s Steakhouse Lowdown: This clubby north Scottsdale steakhouse is rewarding diners who didn’t run for the hills when the thermometer hit triple digits with some serious steakhouse signature favorites. Gwen Ashley Walters, azcentral, "10 summer deals at Phoenix restaurants, casual to upscale dining," 15 June 2018 Food and drink is well covered with a clubby bistro, and the fine dining restaurant, The Conservatory, so named for the original owners’ tradition of gathering people together in a tea-house setting. Anthony Flint,, "In the lap of luxury in Lenox, at the reborn Blantyre," 6 June 2018 Unlike its clubby neighbors, Sheba’s nightly live music requires no cover or drink minimums. Shakirah Simley, Bon Appetit, "The Harlem of the West: What’s to Become of The Fillmore?," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of clubby

1859, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of clubby

: friendly only to people who belong to a high social class

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