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[snoo-tee] /ˈsnu ti/
adjective, snootier, snootiest. Informal.
Origin of snooty
1915-20; snoot + -y1
Related forms
snootily, adverb
snootiness, noun Unabridged
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  • It sounds well to be a Kappa Upsilon and we can go around if we like and be as snooty as any of them.

    Betty Lee, Sophomore David Goodger (
  • I didn't like the way you looked at May Arnold, or the snooty way you talked.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for snooty


adjective (informal) snootier, snootiest
aloof or supercilious
snobbish or exclusive: a snooty restaurant
Derived Forms
snootily, adverb
snootiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for snooty

"proud, arrogant," 1918, noted that year as college slang, from snoot (n.) + -y (2). Probably with suggestions of snouty (1858); the notion being of "looking down one's nose." Related: Snootily; snootiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snooty



The nose; snout; schnozz: Pokin' him one in the snoot (1861+)


To behave haughtily toward; disdain: people who snoot goat milk (1928+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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