snob·​by | \ ˈsnä-bē How to pronounce snobby (audio) \
snobbier; snobbiest

Definition of snobby

: characterized by snobbery a snobby brat snobby neighborhoods

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Examples of snobby in a Sentence

the snobby waiter gave me a withering look when I ordered the cheapest wine on the list
Recent Examples on the Web Le Cirque was always open to the charge of being snobby and elitist. William Grimes, New York Times, "Sirio Maccioni, Whose Le Cirque Drew Manhattan’s Elite, Dies at 88," 20 Apr. 2020 The other is conventional and snobby, and all about the perfect draft. Leah Marilla Thomas,, "A Guide To The Bros & Non-Bros In Netflix’s Brew Brothers," 10 Apr. 2020 When the snobby critic Anton Ego eats Remy the rat’s deconstructed, fancy ratatouille and the flavors flash him back to his childhood and his mother serving him ratatouille after he’s fallen off his bike. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "The Creamy-Sour Soup I Need On All Sick Days (And Winter, In General)," 24 Feb. 2020 One is external: When Nick’s snobby friend Andrew (Logan Hart) rapes wrong-side-of-the-tracks Bella (Kathryn Gallagher) at a drunken high school rager, Nick’s and Frankie’s polar responses to the assault help split the family. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: With ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ They Finally Fixed the Jukebox," 5 Dec. 2019 Lindsay Smiling’s stuffy, somber and vexingly snobby Mr. Darcy. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Shakespeare’s twins, Jane Austen romance delight in Santa Cruz," 31 July 2019 This is not a snobby place but a place for learning and enjoying. Susan Bryant,, "The Wine Room tasting place with 2,500 rare wines coming to Delray Beach," 5 July 2019 Sommeliers were initially snobby, relegating DRY to the category of soda, but chefs were receptive. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Many are embracing the #SoberLife and companies are capitalizing on it with a raft of sober events, products and so many hashtags," 27 June 2019 The space, which sommelier-owners Cara Patricia and Simi Grewal say prides itself on its inclusive attitude (re: not snobby) toward wine novices, sells wine from regions ranging from Sonoma to Spain. Sunset Staff, Sunset, "Drink Rum, Go Raft-Camping, and 9 More Things to See & Do This Week," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of snobby

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Snobby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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snob·​by | \ ˈsnä-bē How to pronounce snobby (audio) \
snobbier; snobbiest

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