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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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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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First Known Use of snob

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for snob

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29 Oct 2019

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The first known use of snob was in 1781

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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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