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highbrow Line breaks: high|brow
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪbraʊ/
often derogatory

Definition of highbrow in English:


Intellectual or rarefied in taste: innovatory art had a small, mostly highbrow following
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  • He has inexpensive tastes, even if he likes highbrow culture, and has the common touch.
  • So, if you thought ‘Ulysses’ was only for highbrow academics, come along and be prepared to be pleasantly surprised!
  • Now a series of reports questioning his ability to deliver highbrow culture into the establishment may have damaged his reputation.


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A highbrow person: she considered all those without television as highbrows, intellectual snobs, or paupers
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  • They think that, like the hicks of Holcomb and the fawning highbrows of Manhattan's literary salons, we will be won over by his wit and charm.
  • Edward was not an irredeemable highbrow, and he insisted that one of the most significant moments of his life was getting to meet Cyd Charisse.
  • After a summer that has found all the highbrows giggling at the fact they liked Peter Frampton all along, here comes a real guilty pleasure.
intellectual, scholar, academic, bluestocking, bookish person, man/woman of letters, don, thinker, pedant
informal egghead, brain, bookworm
British informal brainbox, boffin
North American informal brainiac, rocket scientist, Brahmin

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