Definition of clubby in English:



  • Friendly and sociable with fellow members of a group but not with outsiders.

    ‘the clubby, late-night world of Parliament’
    • ‘We hear a lot today about the brave new world of globalisation and the information revolution sweeping away the old boys network and the clubby hierarchies of yesteryear.’
    • ‘To his supporters, he is a truth teller, a policy innovator who is liberated enough from the department's clubby confines to speak his mind, even at the risk of upsetting diplomatic strategies.’
    • ‘Finally, I think the clubby atmosphere of the boardroom makes it difficult for a true meritocracy to exist.’
    • ‘In the clubby confines of America's boardrooms, the sky is the limit.’
    • ‘People in the clubby world of hedge funds think that's the largest launch on record.’
    • ‘There is a clubby feel to the evening as the 40 or so people separate into teams, and jot down their answers as Dave, the quizmaster, shoots questions.’
    • ‘Indeed, some argue that the involvement of a private firm has brought much-needed transparency to a secretive, clubby world.’
    • ‘No, not a loner, it's just that I'm not a very clubby person.’
    • ‘I'm touring for my own satisfaction and want to create a clubby feel, an intimate atmosphere.’
    • ‘It has wide open public areas that women tend to prefer instead of closed lounges where men are being clubby.’
    • ‘This deal will confirm the perception that Senators are clubby, timid, and self-congratulatory.’
    • ‘While online debates can be splintered and diffuse and sometimes clubby, I'm heartened by the sheer number of them.’
    • ‘Here the publishing industry is insular and clubby, everyone either knows everyone else or went to school with everyone else; it's difficult for a rank outsider to break in, but not impossible yet.’
    • ‘‘It is often accused of being too clubby on the one hand and too bureaucratic on the other,’ she said.’
    • ‘I know that it's too much to ask that this clubby little world be exposed, but we have to try.’
    • ‘A provincial man, he perceived more clearly than most that his clubby colleagues in London needed to expand their horizons and broaden their base.’
    • ‘By the time we had reached the halfway point, our carriage had taken on a positive, clubby atmosphere.’
    • ‘This was often through a clubby system where friends on board committees would champion a high salary for the chief executive.’
    • ‘The skills needed for law enforcement - a clubby culture of sharing information among agents - often means disaster in intelligence work.’
    • ‘He in many ways personifies that country's clubby business elite.’
    friendly, amiable, genial, congenial, cordial, warm, pleasant, pleasing, nice, likeable, personable, charming, agreeable, sympathetic, benevolent, benign, good-humoured, good-natured, kindly, kind, courteous, civil, gracious, approachable, accessible, amenable, sociable, outgoing, gregarious, convivial, jovial, clubbable, comradely, neighbourly, welcoming, hospitable, obliging, easy-going, informal, open, communicative, unreserved, uninhibited, natural, relaxed, easy
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