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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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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 This is Hercule Poirot in a nutshell: at once arrogant and sympathetic, vain and vulnerable, a dandified snob deeply attuned to the problems of other people. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’ Review: The Mind and the Mustache," 16 Apr. 2021 Royal biographers say the television series is mostly accurate in its broad-brush portrait of Philip, who could be a distant father and a royal snob, and who sometimes bristled in his role of forever yielding to the decrees of his wife and queen. Washington Post, "Britain’s Prince Philip ‘passed away peacefully’ at Windsor Castle, royal family says," 9 Apr. 2021 The Judgement of Paris was even the basis for a 2008 movie Bottle Shock, in which Spurrier was played as an haute snob Englishman by Alan Rickman. John Mariani, Forbes, "Steven Spurrier, International Wine Legend, Dies At 79," 9 Mar. 2021 Their tastes are winningly specific: Chris has a weakness for Phoebe Bridgers and Wilco that Jason, an EDM snob, mercilessly teases him about. Emma Specter, Vogue, "The 7 Podcasts That Got Us Through 2020," 11 Dec. 2020 My journey to becoming a coffee snob began with a plain coffee pot and Folgers grounds, but as my love for coffee grew, so did my standards. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "The 40 best gifts to buy from Wayfair," 5 Nov. 2020 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

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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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18 Apr 2021

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“Snob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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