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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
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  • Carriages, with servants in snobby coats, beset the doors of the theatre.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • We are an uncouth, snobby, and withal, shabby-looking set of varlets.

  • Sarah Cooper is at the Branch with her snobby little husband and her extravagant toilettes; I'm not going to be patronized by her.

    Winter Evening Tales Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • I'll see somebody struck by lightnin', or hear a voice sayin', "snobby Price: where will you spend eternity?"

  • Your aristocracy is a base imitation of our snobby, revelling in the heartless hording of gold, and vaunting of bad English.'

  • Thought you might be snobby on account of being volunteers, but I swear you're a bloody human lot.

    Flying for France James R. McConnell
Word Origin and History for snobby

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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