Definitions

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

  • n. Snobbish behavior or an instance of it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property or trait of being a snob.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being snobbish; snobbishness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being snobbish; the conduct of snobs.

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

  • n. the trait of condescending to those of lower social status

Etymologies

snob +‎ -ery – doubled ‘b’ to clarify pronunciation of ‘o’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jeremiah Wright apparently had some good things to say during Obama's early years at his church, which included both inner-city people and those who had made it from the ghetto to middle-class life: He encouraged his congregation to better themselves so they could rise out of poverty, but he also condemned "middleclassness", which he defined as snobbery and a superior attitude on the part of some middle-class people.

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  • I do think there is a certain snobbery, especially in American literary criticism, that leads to the promotion of bloated, weak fiction, and that should be rightly condemned.

    Snark: Joe Hagan on ‘haute zoologist’ Heidi Julavits

  • All our intellectual snobbery is reserved for books; when it comes to the cinematic experience, we demand constant explosions, post-apocalyptic scenarios, lots of aliens/robots/asteroids, and/or large-scale natural disasters (with occasional exceptions made for arty French films, obvs).

    Terminator Offers Some Lessons for the Salvation of Your Novel

  • Your East Coast intellectual and social snobbery is leaking out around the mask, old buddy.

    Just Go Away - All of You - Please - NASA Watch

  • The snobbery is kept in place by those who work in the industry, and genre is exploited, as if for minerals, in order to fuel sales of, say, "post-modern" fiction.

    MIND MELD: The Future of Written Science Fiction

  • This snobbery is perhaps the last remaining vestige or outcrop of the once formidable massif of Victorian optimism.

    Hubris, thy name is Gonzo!

  • The snobbery is hateful, but you can see that Kipling - the poet of Empire would have no sympathy for Gordon Brown's idea.

    Rudyard Kipling answers Gordon Brown

  • And, Pari - there is a built-in snobbery from some indies regarding mass market authors.

    I don't buy it: Indies, chains and genre fiction

  • Epstein wittily shivers and shimmies along compelling philosophical and psychological branches, finally wondering whether snobbery is simply part of human nature.

    The recommended daily allowance

  • This has its importance when one remembers that the English regional snobberies are nationalism in miniature; for it suggests that place-snobbery is not a working-class characteristic.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

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