club·​by | \ ˈklə-bē How to pronounce clubby (audio) \
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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Other Words from clubby

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
Recent Examples on the Web The West Village restaurant, which opened in 2004, became a magnet for V.I.P.s drawn by its clubby ambience and exclusive third-floor party room; its other investors, including celebrities like Jay-Z and Fatboy Slim, are not involved in the case. New York Times, "Ken Friedman of the Spotted Pig Will Pay $240,000 in Sexual Harassment Case," 7 Jan. 2020 The changes are a show of support for gender inclusivity in a state house that, like many across the country, has long been seen as a clubby men’s bastion where women lobbyists and lawmakers endure sexist slights and come-ons. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "Potty parity comes to the Maryland House of Delegates," 20 Dec. 2019 Many of the tables at Mason are occupied by diners with standing reservations, but the bar is open, and the clubby, intimate room is the ideal space to get reacquainted with this ersatz martini throwback. Jamie Feldmar, Los Angeles Times, "Something shaken, something stirred: the martinis of Los Angeles," 25 Sep. 2019 Many of the clubbiest realms of beauty still don’t include larger women, disabled ones, or senior citizens. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 In theory, the clubby enhancements are positive changes to the fitness landscape, which for so long had been a stale wasteland of bro-y gyms, punctuated only by Jane Fonda-esque at-home workouts and TRX straps. Rebecca Brown, Glamour, "Workout Classes Have Lost Their F*cking Minds," 2 Jan. 2020 Exploiting clubby networks of power stretching deep into the White House, Mr. Rockefeller mobilized a phalanx of elder statesmen. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "How Chase Bank Chairman Helped the Deposed Shah of Iran Enter the U.S.," 29 Dec. 2019 Del Posto Del Posto is a rarity in NYC's dining world—a fine dining Italian restaurant with a grand, two-level, clubby dining room filled with handmade Italian leather chairs and candlelit crystal bowls placed at each table. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Italian Restaurants in New York," 27 Feb. 2018 About the place: The tavern has a comfortable, homey, clubby feel with dark wood walls and worn floor. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Herb’s Tavern: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 16 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of clubby

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Clubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clubby

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

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