\ ˈsnäb How to pronounce snob (audio) \

Definition of snob

1 British : cobbler
2 : one who blatantly imitates, fawningly admires, or vulgarly seeks association with those regarded as social superiors
3a : one who tends to rebuff, avoid, or ignore those regarded as inferior
b : one who has an offensive air of superiority in matters of knowledge or taste

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Examples of snob in a Sentence

Most of the people in the club are snobs who look down on people who attended public schools. Don't be such a snob.
Recent Examples on the Web Once a snob who tried to forbid Julia from participating in public television, Paul has since gone through a transformative arc, learning how to support his wife while still being his own person. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 5 May 2022 As such, friends and family sometimes refer to me as a cinema snob: - not in terms of films, but in terms of expecting a high standard of presentation. Benny Har-even, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Kareem hazes his new point guard with daily demands for orange juice and a newspaper; Magic eventually gets the former right, but doesn’t understand that a snob like Kareem wants the New York Times and not its local competition. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 28 Mar. 2022 An epicure is particular about his pleasures; a snob is particular about everyone else’s pleasures, forever lecturing others about their tastes in music, clothes, restaurants, and their general modes of life. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 10 Mar. 2022 In 2018, a sharp-tongued snob with a designer wardrobe and a penchant for $400-a-night hotel stays briefly became an unlikely folk hero. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 This Carlton is completely unlike the preppy, uptight, Tom Jones-loving, jitterbugging snob of yesteryear. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 14 Feb. 2022 This wine will impress any wine snob, at a fraction of the price of Krug. Jeanne O'brien Coffey, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 This is for the tequila snob or home bartender in your life — a unique tequila aged for 18 months in California red-wine barrels. Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of snob

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for snob

origin unknown

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12 May 2022

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“Snob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ ˈsnäb How to pronounce snob (audio) \

Kids Definition of snob

: a person who looks down on or avoids those felt to be less important

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