snob·​bery | \ ˈsnä-b(ə-)rē How to pronounce snobbery (audio) \
plural snobberies

Definition of snobbery

1 : snobbish conduct or character : snobbishness
2 : an instance of snobbery

Examples of snobbery in a Sentence

the snobbery of some wine connoisseurs
Recent Examples on the Web But Gribbin’s biography of Hawking also describes the exasperation of readers with such intellectual snobbery, and the book’s capacity to spark the lay imagination. Samanth Subramanian, The New Republic, "The Mysteries of Stephen Hawking’s Universe," 6 Apr. 2021 In doing so, Black Rifle Coffee, whose 12-oz. bags sell for around $13 to $15, is engaging in a little snobbery of its own. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Black Rifle Coffee Seeks Like-Minded Aficionados," 12 Mar. 2021 On the other end of the spectrum, there was another unit member — who shall remain nameless — who stood out strongly to me because of the concentrated bigotry and snobbery of her commentary. Denise Davidson Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lauren Willig’s ’Band of Sisters’: the story of ordinary women doing extraordinary things," 28 Feb. 2021 In markets where spam is still looked-down upon, the need for affordable food trumps snobbery for many consumers in hard times. James Griffiths, CNN, "Derided in the West, spam is so beloved in Asia that one company has invented a meat-free version of it," 26 Dec. 2020 Wrapped in her summer furs and her beautiful snobbery, Ma looks out at the world with little love. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Reimagining August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” on the Small Screen," 14 Dec. 2020 Imagine her lapping up every word, her face aglow with envy, snobbery, thrills, and guilt. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Meryl Streep on the High Seas in “Let Them All Talk”," 4 Dec. 2020 The theatre was not based in snobbery, and neither is the show’s culture. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Rare Authority of Alex Trebek," 11 Nov. 2020 Though her over-the-top apartment isn’t conventionally suitable for raising children, Patrick turns out to be a fine young man, learning that snobbery is just as bad as ignorance. Vogue, "After You Vote, Escape the Madness of the Election With These Ridiculously Fantastic Films," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of snobbery

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Snobbery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snobbery

disapproving : the behavior or attitude of people who think they are better than other people : the behavior or attitude of snobs

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