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 list of postwar New York painters, dealers, and critics who pass through this documentary by Emile de Antonio is admittedly a little clubby — Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Leo Castelli, Clement Greenberg. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "15 Documentaries That Get Inside an Artist’s Head," 16 Apr. 2020 Combine clubby good looks with a neighborhood vibe, and that’s Good Fortune. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Good Fortune restaurant combines clubby good looks with a neighborhood vibe," 15 Nov. 2019 Even in broad daylight, Mai Thai, with its clubby high-end lighting and sleek, black, soaring space, has something of an off-hours nightspot feel. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Mai Thai offers guests a Thai-club sandwich | Review," 31 Oct. 2019 With a great clubby feel, the restaurant has had brunch for years but recently expanded it to include Saturdays. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Nighttown: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 22 Feb. 2020 Set up in the Groezinger Estate House, a mansion built by vintner Gottlieb Groezinger in 1870, the restaurant layout is spacious and clubby. Soleil Ho,, "Perry Lang’s in Yountville is a clubby meat palace with a throwback vibe," 20 Feb. 2020 The problem with Ms Shelton is not her belief, shared by Mr Trump, that interest rates should be lower, nor her status as an outsider to the clubby world of central banking. The Economist, "Shel-no Why the Senate should reject Judy Shelton’s nomination to the Fed," 13 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of clubby

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Clubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 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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