Definition of cliquey in English:


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adjectiveadjective cliquier, adjective cliquiest

  • (of a group or place) tending to form or hold exclusive groups and so not welcoming to outsiders.

    ‘a lot of boys grew up together, and the school was cliquey’
    • ‘this kind of cliquey behaviour hindered information sharing’
    • ‘They are insular, cliquey and clannish, yet they worm their way into the highest positions of power in their adopted countries.’
    • ‘I don't mean this in an elitist or cliquey way, for there can surely be no elite or clique in Manchester.’
    • ‘Amy, 12, fell victim to her cliquey friends and admits in total embarrassment, ‘I joined in on it.’’
    • ‘I wasn't a cliquey person, and I think that's because I came from a large family.’
    • ‘The bar staff seem more intent on having shots themselves than actually serving customers, and the crowd is too cliquey.’
    • ‘I didn't quite like Aaron that much, especially since he is known to be quite cliquey, I must admit.’
    • ‘‘We have only been showing for seven years, and it can be a very cliquey industry, so for comparatively ‘little’ people, this is a huge achievement.’’
    • ‘Initially, I was put off by thinking that everyone would be really good and it would be really cliquey, but it's not.’
    • ‘I care more about people and not their cliquey groups, cultural fears and apathy.’
    • ‘Vancouver is fragmented and a bit cliquey, but I'm part of a clique.’
    • ‘Of course all teenagers are cliquey and can be cruel.’
    • ‘The one thing I'd always seen with Great Britain teams of the past is that they'd been kind of cliquey.’
    • ‘Like the strap-line, the website immediately came across as cliquey.’
    • ‘For one you don't have to wear ridiculous clothes and be cliquey.’
    • ‘Maybe we weren't supposed to, but the evening seems to be taking on a rather cliquey feel.’



/ˈklēkē/ /ˈkliki/ /ˈklikē/ /ˈklɪki/