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

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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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snob was in 1781

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“Snob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snob. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: one who imitates, admires, or seeks association with those of higher social position
: one who looks down upon those felt to be less important

from obsolete snob "a member of the lower classes," from a dialect word snob "cobbler, shoemaker"

Word Origin
Snob is an old word in English for "a cobbler, a person who makes or repairs shoes." Cobblers came to be thought of as representative of all of the working-class or lower-class people. In time the name snob came to be applied to the lower classes as distinguished from the nobility, the landowners, and the rich merchants. From its being used for any member of the lower class, snob soon came to mean "a person who pretends to be a member of a higher class, one who imitates the clothing, speech, and manners of the nobility." Nowadays the word means "anyone who acts as if he or she were better than others."

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