Meaning of “clannish” in the English Dictionary

"clannish" in British English

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clannishadjective

uk /ˈklæn.ɪʃ/ us /ˈklæn.ɪʃ/ disapproving
clannishly
adverb uk /ˈklæn.ɪʃ.li/ us /ˈklæn.ɪʃ.li/ disapproving
clannishness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈklæn.ɪʃ.nəs/ us /ˈklæn.ɪʃ.nəs/ disapproving

Examples from literature

  • As a result, driven back upon themselves from every side, the traitors and their families became clannish. 
  • In most cities the members of the legal profession form a clique, and are very clannish. 
  • These two societies seem to have the true clannish spirit, and a hatred and rivalry exist between them that remind one of the stories of the Middle Ages. 
  • They are devoted to their children, strong in their family feeling, even to remote relationships, and clannish in their community life. 
  • We have been wanting to have an old-time frolic, but didn't wish to seem selfish and clannish. 

(Definition of “clannish” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)