clubby

adjective
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

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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 Depending on the night, the vibe can range from clubby to mellow. Ari Bendersky, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Rooftop Bars in Chicago," 27 Feb. 2018 Strewn with oriental rugs, clubby leather sofas, and lots of contemporary art (El Dorado worked with Simeone Deary on the decor), the Crossroads feels cool and cozy but never pretentious; perfectly suited, in short, to contemporary Kansas City. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Guide to Kansas City, Missouri: Its History, Its Culture, and Why It’s Worth a Closer Look," 23 Nov. 2018 Washington’s clubby diplomatic and lobbying worlds have been rived by the Khashoggi case. David D. Kirkpatrick, The Seattle Times, "Interrogation gone wrong, rogue killers: What happened to Saudi journalist?," 16 Oct. 2018 The clubby town had never seen anything like it, and the CAA partners rolled over all before them. Richard Rushfield, WSJ, "‘Who Is Michael Ovitz?’ Review: Confessions of a Super Agent," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of clubby

1859, in the meaning defined above

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clubby

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of clubby

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

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