\ ˈsnü-tē How to pronounce snooty (audio) \
snootier; snootiest

Definition of snooty

1 : looking down the nose : showing disdain
2 : characterized by snobbery a snooty store

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Other Words from snooty

snootily \ ˈsnü-​tə-​lē How to pronounce snootily (audio) \ adverb
snootiness \ ˈsnü-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce snootiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of snooty in a Sentence

the actress plays a genteel yet faintly snooty older woman
Recent Examples on the Web And of course there’s the snooty sommelier who intimidates diners with an impenetrable wine list and an imposing demeanor. Washington Post, "When restaurant wine lists intimidate even the dining pros, something needs to change," 7 Feb. 2020 And her positioning as the snooty posh one is more complicated. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Olivia Palermo Got a Lot Out of That Internship," 14 Jan. 2020 The thought of European wine imports may conjure an image of snooty, high-end Burgundy and Bordeaux bottles. Esther Mobley,, "The U.S. is threatening European wineries with new tariffs. But Bay Area businesses would suffer," 7 Jan. 2020 Her jealous, snooty co-workers have it out for her. Judy Berman, Time, "Riverdale Spinoff Katy Keene Is a Delightful Fairy Tale for a New Decade," 24 Jan. 2020 And Mobile’s restaurant scene had evolved massively over the last decade, Pollock said, with downtown now boasting farm-to-table venues and an abundance of upscale-but-not-snooty options. al, "Battle House reopens Trellis Room with new menu," 12 Dec. 2019 In the red corner, the stylish and snooty designers at Ferrari, casually sipping espressos as the venerated Italian carmaker cruises to victory year after year in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ford v Ferrari Tells a Different Kind of Underdog Story," 16 Nov. 2019 But despite what Etsy (or Instagram, or a snooty relative) tells you, a save-the-date card is not a subpoena. New York Times, "How to Say No During Wedding Season," 5 Nov. 2019 The only problem is that Phillip’s mother, Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer), is a snooty human supremacist who sees Maleficent and her magical subjects as a plague to be eradicated. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Disney Delivers a Truly Bizarre Sleeping Beauty Sequel," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of snooty

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of snooty was in 1919

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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snooty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of snooty

informal + disapproving : having or showing the insulting attitude of people who think that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people


\ ˈsnü-tē How to pronounce snooty (audio) \
snootier; snootiest

Kids Definition of snooty

: rude and arrogant especially to people from a lower class

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