WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
snob /snɑb/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
snob•ber•y, snob•bish•ness, n. [uncountable]
snob•by, adj., -bi•er, -bi•est.
- one who tries to act like those higher in social rank or who admires such people too much and scorns others.
- one who believes himself or herself to have superior tastes and is scornful of those with different tastes:an intellectual snob.
- a person who imitates, cultivates, or slavishly admires social superiors and is condescending or overbearing to others.
- a person who believes himself or herself an expert or connoisseur in a given field and is condescending toward or disdainful of those who hold other opinions or have different tastes regarding this field:a musical snob.
origin, originally uncert;
first used as a nickname for a cobbler or cobbler's apprentice, hence a townsman, someone of low class or lacking good breeding, commoner, hence someone who imitates persons of higher rank
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snob /snɒb/ n
Etymology: 18th Century (in the sense: shoemaker; hence, C19: a person who flatters those of higher station, etc): of unknown originˈsnobbery n ˈsnobbish adj ˈsnobbishly adv
- a person who strives to associate with those of higher social status and who behaves condescendingly to others
- (as modifier): snob appeal
- a person having similar pretensions with regard to his tastes, etc: an intellectual snob
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