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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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At the same time, the emperor’s fondness for Li Po made him a target of jealousy for snobs and sycophants at court. Yunte Huang, WSJ, "‘The Banished Immortal’ Review: ‘Heaven Begot a Talent Like Me’," 11 Jan. 2019 The opinion of guitar snobs writ large is that nitro, the original finish electric guitar manufacturers used in the U.S, is better at preserving the natural resonance of the wood in a guitar than polyurethane and polyester. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Can Guitar Paint Affect Your Tone?," 31 Dec. 2018 The series opens as the Boston terrier Roxie, house sitting for a pop star, is confronted by a group of snobs who may be using her to throw a house party. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ and ‘Right Now, Wrong Then’," 14 Apr. 2018 Metropolitan' When everything feels too sentimental or sappy for Christmas, find some light entertainment with the snobs of Whit Stillman's bourgeois comedy of manners. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "7 Offbeat Christmas Movies to Watch with Your Family," 15 Nov. 2016 Their rebellion was against progressive snobs who belittled conservatives and their traditional values. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Brazil’s Trumpian Candidate," 30 Sep. 2018 The Torys, meanwhile, turn out to be corrupt snobs. Constance Grady, Vox, "J.K. Rowling’s latest Robert Galbraith novel is addictive, murderous fun," 18 Sep. 2018 And snobs are accused of toadying to aristocratic types. P.j. O'rourke, Town & Country, "P.J. O'Rourke on Why Snobbery Is a Good Thing," 15 Sep. 2016 Or take an example to humble any wine snob: Expert judges at a California wine competition tasted—unknowingly—from the identical bottle three times. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "You’re a Bad Investor? That Can Be Good," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of snob

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for snob

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English Language Learners Definition of snob

disapproving : 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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