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
Recent Examples on the Web Dallas has a reputation within Texas for being snobbish, full of blonde women with oil and gas husbands, teased hair, and Mercedes SUVs. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, "After 8 Years, I Finally Know How to Wear My Cowboy Boots," 26 Jan. 2021 Columnists for both local newspapers — Anchorage Times and Anchorage Daily News — made snobbish noises about the WWF, wrestling and its fans. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "A legendary 1989 WWF match in Anchorage is one of the last holy grails in pro wrestling," 28 Dec. 2020 Aiming to dispel perceptions that the town was snobbish, all-white and uberwealthy, the PR campaign instead portrayed Greenwich as diverse and sophisticated. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "After Coronavirus Hit, Greenwich’s Real-Estate Market Staged a Major Comeback," 10 Dec. 2020 Charles, for his part, is a snobbish bore who resents his wife’s popularity and doesn’t bother to conceal his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennell). Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Emma Corrin was always drawn to Princess Diana. Now she knows her from the inside out," 15 Nov. 2020 Stalwart Trump fans talk about a looming liberal takeover of all aspects of American life, including religious life, and a domination of the middle of the country by sophisticated, prosperous, snobbish, ruthless people. Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, "The Republican Identity Crisis After Trump," 23 Oct. 2020 Abstruse disputation is hardly unknown but argument has reached a new level with threats of lawsuits and charges of snobbish bigotry and snowflake naïveté. Ethan Bronner,, "NYC Homeless Saga Exposes City’s Struggle With Race, Inequality," 29 Sep. 2020 Their angst was easily dismissed by their populist foes as the self-interested whine of a snobbish establishment. Jonathan Freedland, The New York Review of Books, "Disinformed to Death," 3 Aug. 2020 Then, too, Petrie greeted his new surroundings without a trace of the snobbish contempt shown by Vyse. Jimmy Maher, Ars Technica, "How alternative Egyptology and scientific archaeology were born on the Giza Plateau," 15 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of snobbish

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Snobbish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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


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Kids Definition of snobbish

: being or characteristic of a snob a snobbish attitude

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