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[snob-ee] /ˈsnɒb i/
adjective, snobbier, snobbiest.
condescending, patronizing, or socially exclusive; snobbish.
Origin of snobby
1840-50; snob + -y1
Related forms
snobbily, adverb
snobbiness, snobbism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is a critical acuteness, not a snobbism, which last is selection on some other principle than that of a personal quality.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • Nothing so provoked him as any snobbism which wanted to hinder it.

  • snobbism is not confined to the toadying of the rich, but is quite as often displayed in the toadying of the poor.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • Thackeray soon rushes away from his criticisms on snobbism to other matters.

    Thackeray Anthony Trollope
  • No; but there are plenty of people who will subscribe out of snobbism.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
  • What history and romance there is about Pau is pretty well blotted out by twentieth-century snobbism, it would seem.

    The Automobilist Abroad M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • Shall I play geographer to those who are learned in the nomenclature of snobbism?

  • In the hideous church is a monument to him fairly appreciative, but disfigured by snobbism.

    More Pages from a Journal Mark Rutherford
Word Origin and History for snobbism



1835, from snob + -y (2). Related: Snobbiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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