snot·​ty | \ ˈsnä-tē How to pronounce snotty (audio) \
snottier; snottiest

Definition of snotty

1 : soiled with nasal mucus a snotty nose
2 : annoyingly or spitefully unpleasant especially : snooty

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Other Words from snotty

snottily \ ˈsnä-​tə-​lē How to pronounce snotty (audio) \ adverb
snottiness \ ˈsnä-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce snotty (audio) \ noun

Examples of snotty in a Sentence

a snotty contempt for those brash parvenus who moved into the cookie-cutter mansion next door
Recent Examples on the Web Oh, and about that … Jack’s day gig is selling lawn mowers at Leckie Lawn Care, where his boss, Tim, is a snotty 26-year-old who inherited his family business from his grandpa. Kimberly Potts, Vulture, 22 Aug. 2021 But in most other respects, McCain felt very much herself, for better and for worse: smart, snotty, cranky, wonky, sharp-elbowed, self-absorbed, well-connected, even cosmopolitan, in her own sheltered way. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 On July 2, whoever’s in charge of this account issued a snotty tweet. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 8 July 2021 The scene where Frances starts a fire in a Paris restaurant just to get a snotty waiter’s attention is as audacious as any stunt Carole Lombard or Katharine Hepburn ever pulled, yet ominous. Armond White, National Review, 23 Apr. 2021 Addicted to drugs and swearing like a sailor, McCarthy’s character really gets into the film’s deadpan send-up of cop dramas, nicely embodying Happytime Murders’ air of snotty irreverence. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 9 Apr. 2021 Nothing shows a commitment to world heritage and an honest desire for communication like a snotty list of paper-thin arguments and technicalities. Georgia Garvey,, 22 Mar. 2021 So there’s irony aplenty when Pickett, at the governor’s request, takes a snotty Silicon Valley billionaire nicknamed Steve-2 (after Jobs) elk hunting. Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2021 Resurrecting their masked and anonymous side project Network for the first time in 15 years, Green Day dropped this snotty, proudly punkish slam of the president and his older daughter. Star Tribune, 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of snotty

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of snotty was circa 1570

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“Snotty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snotty

: rude and annoying
: covered or filled with mucus from the nose : dirty with mucus


snot·​ty | \ ˈsnä-tē How to pronounce snotty (audio) \
snottier; snottiest

Kids Definition of snotty

: rude and arrogant

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