Definition of snob in English:


Syllabification: snob
Pronunciation: /snäb


1A person with an exaggerated respect for high social position or wealth who seeks to associate with social superiors and dislikes people or activities regarded as lower-class.
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  • He's a snob, a social climber and a misogynist, really a very unpleasant man.
  • The nice thing about your mother is that she doesn't really care what you do, ideally, because some mothers are snobs, and that causes great problems.
  • I think they are snobs and do not want to be associated with Swindon.
1.1 [with adjective or noun modifier] A person who believes that their tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people: a musical snob
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  • They plug into portable devices and laptops, and will impress even insufferable music snobs.
  • There is obvious pleasure in exposing wine snobs, even more than Literature snobs.
  • What is it with music snobs only being able to appreciate good throwaway pop ten years later?


late 18th century (originally dialect in the sense 'cobbler'): of unknown origin; early senses conveyed a notion of 'lower status or rank', later denoting a person seeking to imitate those of superior social standing or wealth. Folk etymology connects the word with Latin sine nobilitate 'without nobility' but the earliest recorded sense has no connection with this.



Pronunciation: /-ˌbizəm/
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  • A lot of alternative music publications and websites share this weird snobbism, it's a way of establishing a little in-crowd.
  • Staying here is a luxury in tourist snobbism; you become a temporary resident and those who clamber around the cobbled streets are the outsiders.
  • Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary.


adjective (snobbier, snobbiest)
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  • We all went to this kind of elitist, snobby school, and he was one of our friends.
  • Many broadsheet readers are snobby about the tabloid format, simply because it's associated with more downmarket content.
  • She recognizes, as I do, that it sounds snobby to talk about law school ranking.

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