high brow

highbrow

[hahy-brou]
noun
1.
a person of superior intellectual interests and tastes.
2.
a person with intellectual or cultural pretensions; intellectual snob.
3.
the crestfish.
adjective
4.
Also, highbrowed. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a highbrow.

Origin:
1895–1900; high + brow

highbrowism, noun


4. intellectual, scholarly, cultured; bookish, snobbish, pseudointellectual.
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highbrow (ˈhaɪˌbraʊ)
 
n
1.  a person of scholarly and erudite tastes
 
adj
2.  appealing to highbrows: highbrow literature

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highbrow
"person of superior intellect and taste," 1902, back-formation from high-browed (adj.), which is attested from 1891, from high + brow (cf. also lowbrow).
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