snob·​by ˈsnä-bē How to pronounce snobby (audio)
snobbier; snobbiest
: characterized by snobbery
a snobby brat
snobby neighborhoods

Examples of snobby in a Sentence

the snobby waiter gave me a withering look when I ordered the cheapest wine on the list
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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snobby was in 1846

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“Snobby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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snob·​by ˈsnäb-ē How to pronounce snobby (audio)
snobbier; snobbiest
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