Definition of clubby in English:


adjectiveclubbier, clubbiest

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

    ‘the clubby, late-night world of Parliament’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No, not a loner, it's just that I'm not a very clubby person.’
    • ‘People in the clubby world of hedge funds think that's the largest launch on record.’
    • ‘It has wide open public areas that women tend to prefer instead of closed lounges where men are being clubby.’
    • ‘The skills needed for law enforcement - a clubby culture of sharing information among agents - often means disaster in intelligence work.’
    • ‘This was often through a clubby system where friends on board committees would champion a high salary for the chief executive.’
    • ‘A provincial man, he perceived more clearly than most that his clubby colleagues in London needed to expand their horizons and broaden their base.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the time we had reached the halfway point, our carriage had taken on a positive, clubby atmosphere.’
    • ‘In the clubby confines of America's boardrooms, the sky is the limit.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘He in many ways personifies that country's clubby business elite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, some argue that the involvement of a private firm has brought much-needed transparency to a secretive, clubby world.’
    • ‘I'm touring for my own satisfaction and want to create a clubby feel, an intimate atmosphere.’
    • ‘While online debates can be splintered and diffuse and sometimes clubby, I'm heartened by the sheer number of them.’
    • ‘This deal will confirm the perception that Senators are clubby, timid, and self-congratulatory.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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