1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a clan.
  2. inclined to associate exclusively with the members of one’s own group; cliquish: the clannish behavior of the original members of the country club.
  3. imbued with or influenced by the sentiments, prejudices, or the like, of a clan.


  1. of or characteristic of a clan
  2. tending to associate closely within a limited group to the exclusion of outsiders; cliquish

“disposed to adhere closely to one another,” 1747, from clan + -ish. Related: Clannishly; clannishness.

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