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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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Examples from the web for snooty
  • No, she is a snooty dog and generally snubs other dogs and persons she thinks are creepy.
  • Newspaper columnists revel in snooty put-downs of his work.
  • snooty outsiders, both commentators and policymakers, tend to lump all this together.
  • Imagine snooty attendants with ear sets or signage that discriminates between customers to pander to the wealthiest customers.
  • People thought him the more genuine of the two, but he struck some as arrogant, snooty.
  • For the audience, there is the added spectacle of normally snooty folks falling all over themselves to meet the royal performers.
  • And of course waiters from snooty high-end places sometimes put on airs.
  • He is nervous that new, snooty people are coming to town to try to shut his track down.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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