\ˈsnäb \

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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Synonyms for snob


snoot, snot

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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.

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Jonathan Franzen is watching network television, and still he is called a snob! New York Times, "Jonathan Franzen Is Fine With All of It," 26 June 2018 Literary snobs can rest assured that Mr. Duchovny’s academic credentials are impeccable. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Two New Works of Fiction About Mass Transit and a Daring Female Pilot," 2 May 2018 Wine snobs are already probably rolling their eyes. Nick Hoppe, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lessons on how to become a wine snob," 13 May 2018 Because the 2018 World Cup has been fantastic, and little Croatia, dismissed by many soccer snobs, particularly those in the British sports media, has magic at its feet. John Kass,, "Joy of Chicago's Croatians cresting as World Cup final with France approaches," 13 July 2018 The Monkees have enjoyed a recent boost in regard after years of being marginalized by rock snobs. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "A Monkee's Houston homecoming," 5 June 2018 These trendy, colorful cans have wine snobs forgetting all about class — or at least glass. Ashley Day, USA TODAY, "New wine cans for convenient summer fun," 25 May 2018 This city is already Starbucks-saturated, and San Francisco’s legions of coffee snobs with a distaste for chain stores probably won’t be devastated by the news. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Businesses must help make streets cleaner and safer, chamber leader says," 10 May 2018 Since it’s egg-free, food snobs would say that Bird’s isn’t a proper custard. Zahra Pettican, Bon Appetit, "11 Positively British Snacks to Order Online Before the Royal Wedding," 8 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of snob

: someone who tends to criticize, reject, or ignore people who come from a lower social class, have less education, etc.


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Kids Definition of snob

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

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