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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
snob /snɑb/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. one who tries to act like those higher in social rank or who admires such people too much and scorns others.
  2. one who believes himself or herself to have superior tastes and is scornful of those with different tastes:an intellectual snob.
snob•ber•y, snob•bish•ness, n. [uncountable]
snob•bish, adj. 
snob•by, adj.,  -bi•er, -bi•est. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
snob  (snob),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who imitates, cultivates, or slavishly admires social superiors and is condescending or overbearing to others.
  2. 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.
  • 1775–85; 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


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

snob /snɒb/ n
  1. a person who strives to associate with those of higher social status and who behaves condescendingly to others
  2. (as modifier): snob appeal
  3. a person having similar pretensions with regard to his tastes, etc: an intellectual snob
Etymology: 18th Century (in the sense: shoemaker; hence, C19: a person who flatters those of higher station, etc): of unknown origin

ˈsnobbery n ˈsnobbish adj ˈsnobbishly adv



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