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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who tends to patronize, rebuff, or ignore people regarded as social inferiors and imitate, admire, or seek association with people regarded as social superiors.
  • n. One who affects an offensive air of self-satisfied superiority in matters of taste or intellect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who seeks to be, or is, a member of the upper classes and looks down on lower classes, such as the middle class and the poor. More generally, an egotistical person who often thinks of people as inferior, particularly anyone not being within their clique or class.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vulgar person who affects to be better, richer, or more fashionable, than he really is; a vulgar upstart; one who apes his superiors.
  • n. A townsman.
  • n. A journeyman shoemaker.
  • n. A workman who accepts lower than the usual wages, or who refuses to strike when his fellows do; a rat; a knobstick.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sob or weep violently.
  • n. A shoemaker; a journeyman shoemaker.
  • n. A townsman as opposed to a gownsman; a Philistine.
  • n. One who is servile in spirit or conduct toward those whom he considers his superiors, and correspondingly proud and insolent toward those whom he considers his inferiors; one who vulgarly apes gentility.
  • n. A workman who continues working while others are out on strike; one who works for lower wages than other workmen; a knobstick; a rat: so called in abuse.
  • n. A convulsive sob.
  • n. Mucus of the nose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person regarded as arrogant and annoying

Etymologies

Earlier snob, cobbler, lower-class person, person who aspires to social prominence.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Popularized by William Makepeace Thackeray, Book of Snobs, 1848 (Wiktionary)

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