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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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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Adam 28-year-old-white-boy-dances in front of his mic while singing the catchy tune in its clubby new form. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'Songland' Recap: Has a 'Nice' Time Searching For a Black Eyed Peas Single," 5 June 2019 At once clubby and retreat-like, there are loads of dining and drinking options: the centerpiece Commons Club, the ground-level diner Miss Ricky's, and rooftop bar and lounge Cerise, which has great views of the city on the seasonal patio. Elaine Glusac, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Hotels in Chicago," 27 Feb. 2018 Our clubby library has a luminous David Hicks wallpaper on the ceiling and features a fringed sofa in a decadent Proustian velvet. Simon Doonan, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Give Their Greenwich Village Home a Glitz Makeover," 8 Mar. 2019 Both the vibe and decor at this tiny basement hideout in the middle of clubby Roppongi is poised between British pub and Japanese cafe, with 20 rotating taps of Japanese beer set into the wall. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Tokyo," 27 Feb. 2018 The bar area develops more a clubby vibe as the evening goes on, with pretty young things swaying under the disco ball. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Winter," 4 Feb. 2019 Hipsters staying here can wave at other hipsters staying directly across the canal at the similarly clubby The Hoxton, Amsterdam (doubles from about $135). Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why We Keep Going Back to Amsterdam," 24 Dec. 2018 Things are a little different in Moscow In the somewhat clubby world of Smart Cities, Moscow's efforts have long been a little obscure. Dan Rosenbaum, Ars Technica, "All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things," 7 Dec. 2018 Witnesses described a clubby and favor-trading atmosphere in Albany. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Ex-Cuomo Aide Gets Six Years in Prison for Bribery," 20 Sep. 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

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

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