snob·​bish | \ˈsnä-bish \

Definition of snobbish 

: being, characteristic of, or befitting a snob a snobbish attitude

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Other Words from snobbish

snobbishly adverb
snobbishness noun

Examples of snobbish in a Sentence

he gave us one snobbish glance and then disregarded us

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The word authentic has become a completely ridiculous, snobbish term. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "What Anthony Bourdain Said About His Own Success," 8 June 2018 That’s the DeWitt tone—tart, brisk, snobbish, antic. James Wood, The New Yorker, "Helen DeWitt Has Your Number," 27 Oct. 2017 Florence, an accomplished violinist, squirms under the gaze of her icy, snobbish mother (Emily Watson). Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "On Chesil Beach Is a Moving Tale of Love Without Lust," 17 May 2018 Much like Manhattanites’ often snobbish opinions of Brooklyn or Queens, East Boston has long had a reputation for being impossibly hard to get to. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "This Oyster-and-Caviar Pop-Up Is Shaking Up Boston’s Culinary Scene," 4 June 2018 For all its tongue-clucking over Greer’s snobbery, though, the narrative itself has a strangely snobbish cast. Amy Gentry,, "Review: 'The Female Persuasion' by Meg Wolitzer," 26 Mar. 2018 O’Keefe, however, already knows the answer: Democrats engage in voter fraud, Planned Parenthood kills babies, mainstream journalism is the realm of snobbish elites. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "James O'Keefe: Meet the Man Who Makes the Fake News," 17 Jan. 2018 The people who defend gun rights believe that snobbish elites look down on their morals and want to destroy their culture. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Our 'National Gun Conversation' Is Now the Worst of American Discourse," 20 Feb. 2018 At the same time, her snobbish, insolent style makes her a strong irritant for blue-collar workers, helping mobilize Putin’s base. Washington Post, "Putin looks for quick win, but voter apathy worries Kremlin," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of snobbish

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snobbish was in 1840

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English Language Learners Definition of snobbish

: having or showing the attitude of people who think they are better than other people : of or relating to people who are snobs


snob·​bish | \ˈsnä-bish \

Kids Definition of snobbish

: being or characteristic of a snob a snobbish attitude

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playful or foolish behavior

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