from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Snobbishly aloof; haughty.
  • adjective High-class; exclusive.

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  • adjective pompous; snobbish; inclined to turn up one's nose
  • adjective elite; exclusive

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  • adjective (used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant


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  • The reality is that we don't have an honest, straightforward, public official in this country, in the federal government I should say who can say, now imagine this, candor coming from the European Union about their crisis, which was created by our sub prime mortgage lending, their minister of finance and economics saying their crisis was created by what he calls snooty bankers who thought they were so clever that they didn't need to follow the lessons of history or prudent, prudent lending.

    CNN Transcript Nov 30, 2007

  • But that's all over now and the good news is that another, so-called snooty salad green, dandelion, is at its prime -- and free for the picking -- in between the concrete slabs of even the most urban neighborhoods today.

    Cathy Erway: A Green Green That's Good for You and Your Wallet, Too

  • Even "snooty" mainstream authors such as Margaret Atwood or Doris Lessing have no qualm with admitting they write SF.

    MIND MELD: Science Fiction as a 'Geek' Genre

  • Yes, I blame liberals for this new kind of snooty-speak.

    Sound Politics: I read the news today, oh boy

  • "People can be kind of snooty about community colleges, [but] they are flexible and ready to go," says Judy Goggin, a vice president of Civic Ventures, a San Francisco nonprofit that works to redirect individuals age 50-plus into service-oriented careers.

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  • I am reinforced in this belief, too, because the chair of the LUPS DG, whose son applied early to Blue State Inst. of Tech and was waitlisted, was kind of snooty about the whole thing.

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  • The German finance minister told the Financial Times that the "snooty" attitude of bankers has "ended in disaster."

    As More Bankers Beg for Cash,

  • Too bad you weren't around a few centuries ago... you could have saved that Aquinas guy I'll save you the trouble of looking it up --- he was one of the "snooty" ones a whole lot of trouble.

    "A cloned human would be imbued with the same immaterial presence that binds us all, even Antonin Scalia, to the Godhead."

  • The right-bankers find the left bank kind of snooty and touristy I suppose.


  • Which sounded kind of snooty to me, but what's it matter when an old girlfriend shows up on your doorstop with a blind girl.



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