Synonyms for cliquey

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I enjoyed the same sort of cliquey reputation and public failure attending a certain novel entitled Marius the Epicurean.

Godalming folks will tell you that Guildford is “cliquey,” by which term I understand exclusiveness to be meant.

People here are cliquey, and Carlotta and Peggy are the only girls in the crowd that I've ever known before.

WORD ORIGIN

1711, "a party of persons; a small set, especially one associating for exclusivity," from obsolete French clique, originally (14c.) "a sharp noise," also "latch, bolt of a door," from Old French cliquer "click, clatter, crackle, clink," 13c., echoic. Apparently this word was at one time treated in French as the equivalent of claque (q.v.) and partook of that word's theatrical sense.

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adjectivegoverned by small group
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