snob·​by | \ ˈsnä-bē \
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

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Of course, nothing goes according to plan when the two identical (but not related) girls decide to try and prevent Alyssa’s father from marrying a snobby woman named Clarice. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Which Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Movie You Should Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 2 Jan. 2019 The key thing about these scams is that in both cases the snobby cultural elites who Trump professes to disdain didn’t lose anything. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The biggest lie Trump tells is that he’s kept his promises," 18 Oct. 2018 The snarky family-out-of-water schtick of the once rich and snobby but now destitute Rose clan has evolved, as Johnny, Moira, David and Alexis become full-fledged townies of the backwater burg—albeit dressed in designer clothing. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What to Watch on Netflix in October, According to Our Editors," 1 Oct. 2018 And in that small town, in such a staunchly red state, America’s best drag show simultaneously changes the biases of close-minded conservatives—and those snobby big city visitors passing through. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Drag Show in the U.S. Is at an Alaskan Dive Bar," 13 June 2018 There's a meet-cute at college, an idyllic series of dates in the English countryside, a small hurdle when Florence's snobby high-society parents question Edward's solidly middle class background. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "On Chesil Beach: A Period Drama With a Surprising—and Subtle—#MeToo Twist," 18 May 2018 Bradley newcomer Kaven Matyczynski is Alex Hammond, the self-serving snobby drama critic who lives for liquor and personal pleasure. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Situation Comedy "The Nerd" Opens At Bradley Playhouse," 11 June 2018 So does Hathaway, whose snobby actress is probably the best thing about the movie. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Can Sandra Bullock and company pull off 'Ocean's 8'?," 5 June 2018 Now that Meghan and Harry are public, the royal family's being so snobby about Meghan. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "79 Important Moments During Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Lifetime Movie," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of snobby

1846, in the meaning defined above

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snob·​by | \ ˈsnä-bē \
snobbier; snobbiest

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