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 snottily (audio) \ adverb
snottiness \ ˈsnä-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce snottiness (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 Instead of coming home with a snotty nose, is your child going to bring back the coronavirus? Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "What Parents Should Know About Coronavirus as Kids Return to Babysitters, Day Cares and Camps," 23 May 2020 Its aggressive advertising campaigns warned people to not put a cold in their pocket in the form of a snotty handkerchief, and use disposable tissue instead. Adrienne So, Wired, "Screw Kleenex. You Should Be Carrying a Handkerchief," 5 Mar. 2020 Morrissey understands the snotty, cowardly nature of media braggarts as well as those who envy the commanding heights. Armond White, National Review, "Morrissey’s Prophetic Journal of the Plague Year," 29 Apr. 2020 Spots, blotches, stripes, snotty secretions, urine and even bones and digits glowed after exposure to blue light. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Salamanders and Frogs Hide a Glowing Secret," 27 Feb. 2020 No, thank you, keep your snotty-nosed children to yourselves. Washington Post, "Motherhood can be isolating. My anxiety made it worse.," 31 Jan. 2020 At the beginning of the episode, Coogan plays a pretentious, snotty character, a familiar angle for the performer. Peter Allen Clark, Time, "The 12 Best Curb Your Enthusiasm Cameos of All Time," 17 Jan. 2020 As gross as this sounds, its snotty texture makes it a great healing/soothing agent for mucus membranes in the body, including in the respiratory and digestive systems. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "Is Sea Moss Healthy? Here's How to Eat It for Maximum Benefits," 17 Jan. 2020 That awful snotty mess that your toddler gifted to you on the way to school drop-off this morning? Allison Hope, Quartz at Work, "Why American workers are especially at risk during flu season," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of snotty

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Snotty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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