snob·​bish | \ ˈsnä-bish How to pronounce snobbish (audio) \

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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Talented comedian Sarah Errington makes every one of her characters memorable, including the scatting Mindy’s waitress Zelma, snobbish debutante Valeria and a kooky nightclub dancer. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Dice’ at North Coast Rep is charming and nostalgic but score needs work," 15 July 2019 The outstretched hand from a previously alienated and snobbish peer is an innovation of the current production, and meant to end the evening on a far more upbeat note than the original oh-beating-can-be-lovely exchange. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 The godson to Prince Philip and cousin of Prince Charles, Hicks is, despite his children's occasional claims to contrary, anything but snobbish. Jennifer Wright, Town & Country, "Hard to Believe This Wasn't the Wedding of the Summer, or All Time," 9 Sep. 2015 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

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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

disapproving : 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 How to pronounce snobbish (audio) \

Kids Definition of snobbish

: being or characteristic of a snob a snobbish attitude

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involving a confidence or trust

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