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

  • adj. Of, befitting, or resembling a snob; pretentious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the property of being a snob; arrogant and pretentious; smugly superior or dismissive of perceived inferiors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a snob; characteristic of, or befitting, a snob; vulgarly pretentious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a snob; resembling a snob.
  • Proud, conceited, or insolent over adventitious advantages.

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

  • adj. befitting or characteristic of those who incline to social exclusiveness and who rebuff the advances of people considered inferior


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  • There was, they felt, “a certain snobbish and faddish ‘interest’ in Negroes.”

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  • We know that she impressed those who knew her as absorbed in snobbish ambitions and petty resentments, and that she had as her chief ingratiating tribute a talent for mimicry, which is often the sport of an unloving and derisive soul.

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  • Dimly it had dawned upon her more than once that Rags regarded certain speeches and ways of hers as "snobbish" -- speeches and ways which to her had seemed aristocratic.

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  • Who is the nobleman holding his boots out of the hotel window -- an act which the Snob very properly declined to classify as snobbish?

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  • It's not just calling someone "snobbish," as Westmoreland claims.

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  • It might not be hard to frame this as a kind of snobbish bullying.

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  • Getting back to book reviews, Lev said this week in a Critical Mass interview: At the risk -- nay, certainty -- of sounding kind of snobbish, I wish book sections in general would leave book-reviewing to the pros.

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  • That said, let me hastily add that I don't think our tastes are necessarily "snobbish" yeah, there's that word again or even particularly high-brow.

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  • That said, let me hastily add that I don't think our tastes are necessarily "snobbish" (yeah, there's that word again) or even particularly high-brow.

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  • I mean, he didn't go in for that kind of snobbish social reporting.

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