\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for snob


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 No self-respecting coffee snob would drink their espresso out of a giant vessel. Shanna Shipin, Glamour, "The 25 Best Coffee Mugs to Live Your Most Caffeinated Life in 2020," 29 Sep. 2020 BMWs transformed by Alpina demonstrate the not-so-subtle differences between a badge snob and a car connoisseur. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 BMW Alpina B7 Upends the 7-Series Hierarchy," 9 Sep. 2020 Kushner himself is by all accounts ambitious and hardworking, but also a cipher—a climber and a sycophant, a snob, someone who isn’t quite filled in. David Roth, The New Republic, "American Psycho," 9 June 2020 Mr Systrom, a perfectionist who initially oversaw every ad carried on Instagram, personally editing one to make the French fries look crispier, was seen by Facebookers as a precious snob. The Economist, "The camera always lies “No Filter” chronicles the rise of Instagram," 23 May 2020 Directed by Craig Zobel, The Hunt casts Hilary Swank as the ringleader of a gang of wealthy snobs who try to wipe out a group of assorted individuals who have posted right-wing views online. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Hunt' Is Back On: Universal Sets Release for Controversial Elites vs. "Deplorables" Satire (Exclusive)," 11 Feb. 2020 The good news for snobs who will turn their noses up at such a tiny SSD? Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "MSI's Creator 17 wins the miniLED display race, paired with Nvidia and Intel's just-revealed chips," 2 Apr. 2020 You'll likely be called a snob for saying so, but accepting such judgments has also long been a part of fly-fishing. Darrell Hartman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where Fly-Fishing Obsessives Go to Get Away From the Crowds," 4 Feb. 2020 And for the possibility of understanding these elusive beverages a little better, even if snobs like me still enjoy the mystery. Esther Mobley,, "Would you drink a synthetic wine, whiskey or sake?," 20 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'snob.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of snob

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for snob

origin unknown

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about snob

Statistics for snob

Last Updated

2 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for snob


How to pronounce snob (audio)

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.


\ ˈsnäb How to pronounce snob (audio) \

Kids Definition of snob

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on snob

What made you want to look up snob? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!