snotty

adjective

snot·​ty ˈsnä-tē How to pronounce snotty (audio)
snottier; snottiest
1
: soiled with nasal mucus
a snotty nose
2
: annoyingly or spitefully unpleasant
especially : snooty
snottily adverb
snottiness noun

Example Sentences

a snotty contempt for those brash parvenus who moved into the cookie-cutter mansion next door
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snotty was circa 1570

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“Snotty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snotty. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

snotty

adjective
snot·​ty ˈsnät-ē How to pronounce snotty (audio)
snottier; snottiest
1
: soiled with nasal mucus
a snotty nose
2
: annoyingly or spitefully unpleasant
a snotty reply

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