Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to a clique, set, or party; disposed to form cliques; actuated by a petty party spirit. Also cliqueish.
- adj. of or pertaining to a clique
- adj. tending to associate with a small and exclusive group
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a clique; disposed to from cliques; exclusive in spirit.
- adj. befitting or characteristic of those who incline to social exclusiveness and who rebuff the advances of people considered inferior
- clique + -ish (Wiktionary)
“The 'cliquish', 'clanish', and 'spooky' on-the-job behavior that some have used to characterize LAPD is manifesting itself more and more in the City's fire department.”
“New debuts are George Friedman he's the founder and CEO of the firm Stratfor, which complies and publishes geopolitical data and his new book that looks ahead -- politically, socially, economically -- at the next ten years ... and McGregor's take on the very, well, cliquish Communist politicos in China and their grip on power.”
“Where do end-timers get the idea that Christ would buy into a cliquish mentality anyway?”
“On the other hand, sometimes the group can be too cliquish.”
“The series begins in a place called Deep Valley with Betsy and Tacy at age 5 and then follows them until they're in their 20s — we watch as they have picnics, climb trees, perform songs, quarrel with their sisters, grieve over a dead sibling, seriously miscalculate how long their homework will take, get cliquish, travel by themselves and think about boys and, eventually, husbands.”
“Their comments sound conceited and cliquish and elitist.”
“I mean, the NYRB does publish a lot of great stuff, but it also publishes a lot of self-indulgent preachy leftist hot air and cliquish puff-piece circle-jerkery.”
“This was the man, after all, who fought the cliquish math world for three decades to earn respect for the branch of mathematics he created, fractal geometry; who made a career of tweaking posh academic noses; who hit 75 before earning tenure at Yale, and who, as early as 1962, argued that the math on Wall Street would lead to the kind of financial disaster that hit in 1987 and again in 2008.”
“On the cliquish Senate floor, Inouye enters with great dignity, applauds speeches by tapping his cane on the ground and receives polite greetings from his colleagues.”
“In this respect it becomes more like a fraternity or sorority than a licensing organization, but while potentially cliquish I think it could be fun and successful. on January 14, 2009 at 6: 28 am dirty”
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