\ˈsnü-tē \
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 \ adverb
snootiness \ˈsnü-tē-nəs \ noun

Examples of snooty in a Sentence

the actress plays a genteel yet faintly snooty older woman

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Here, though, is where England learns that its snooty jibes are as misguided as its attempts to tackle Luka Modric and his Croatian chums in Wednesday’s semifinal. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Sorry, England: the USA is right to call football 'soccer'," 12 July 2018 Comedy involving sympathetic werewolf, vampire, ancient Egyptian princess brought to life, lonely British Lord named Edgar, his new wife, her snooty maid and other macabre and madcap characters. Rasputin Todd,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: July 9-15," 9 July 2018 Sport hunting enjoyed a long and snooty history centuries before the establishment of the United States. Bruce Barcott, New York Times, "How Hunting Became a Macho Sport," 22 June 2018 Just as satisfying were a coleslaw that tasted as if it were made seconds before, and perfect, thin French fries that would easily pass muster at the snootiest Parisian bistro. Tim Smith,, "Stanford Kitchen a welcome addition to Owings Mills dining scene," 5 July 2018 The white people that José encounters, like the snooty white-collar worker who complains about his delivery order, are for the most part stereotypically rendered. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "While watching 'En el Séptimo Día,' viewers rejoice in the hopes of immigrants," 15 June 2018 That would show ol’ snooty Mi Kyong a thing or two. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Most Best Happy Korean Bright Star" by Michelle Massie," 2 June 2018 Later, on a trip to a provincial art festival, Isabelle meets Sylvain (Paul Blain), whose working-class background dismays one of her snooty art-world guy friends, who no doubt thinks Isabelle would be happier with him. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘Let the Sunshine In’ Shows the Complex Radiance of Juliette Binoche," 25 Apr. 2018 For whatever reason, Lifetime decided to portray the Duchess of Cambridge as a super snooty and cold character with plenty of criticism to dish out for Meghan. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Scenes From Lifetime's 'Harry and Meghan' Movie That Probably Didn't Happen In Real Life," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of snooty

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of snooty

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


\ˈsnü-tē \
snootier; snootiest

Kids Definition of snooty

: rude and arrogant especially to people from a lower class

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