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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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 But The Girl—overall very nineties low-key, clubby music. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Derek Lam's Holiday Entertaining Musts," 8 Dec. 2014 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

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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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