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 And after years of a food scene largely dominated by clubby steak houses, the city now boasts some of the country's most interesting and enlivening dining options. Elizabeth Hutchison Hicklin, Southern Living, 17 Apr. 2021 Here is the private-equity billionaire Stephen Schwarzman, on his way to La Goulue, the clubby French bistro popular with Park Avenue socialites., 12 Mar. 2021 That clubby nature of white Boston was evident a few days before September’s preliminary election when Mayor Martin J. Walsh addressed a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast., 15 Dec. 2017 Judges of the Renaudot gave the prize for best novel to Marie-Hélène Lafon, an outsider of France’s clubby literary circles. New York Times, 30 Nov. 2020 This kind of free-floating motif is candy for a fashion public that tires easily of logos but still loves the clubby appeal of distinct brand signifiers. Alexandra Marshall, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2020 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, 16 Apr. 2020 Combine clubby good looks with a neighborhood vibe, and that’s Good Fortune. Phil Vettel,, 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,, 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of clubby

1859, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2021

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“Clubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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