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[snot-ee] /ˈsnɒt i/
adjective, snottier, snottiest.
Vulgar. of or relating to snot.
Informal. snobbish; arrogant; supercilious:
a snotty kid.
Origin of snotty
1560-70; snot + -y1
Related forms
snottily, adverb
snottiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for snotty
  • The values given by the company are revised all the time and you get a rather snotty answer when addressing them.
  • Get enough experience in life, and all kinds of wonderfully witty and/or horribly snotty retorts spring to your lips immediately.
  • Look, keep your vicious snotty snobberies and bravado if it comforts you.
  • So, no need for the snotty intro in which you pretend that you were somehow misunderstood.
  • Your first time, it's easy to be snotty about a place.
  • Old boyfriends called her rage prone, co-workers called her snotty, landlords called her a deadbeat.
  • People often imagine boarding school as a bunch of snotty kids in uniforms who are unhappy.
British Dictionary definitions for snotty


adjective -tier, -tiest
dirty with nasal discharge
(slang) contemptible; nasty
snobbish; conceited
noun (pl) -ties
a slang word for midshipman
Derived Forms
snottily, adverb
snottiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for snotty

1560s, "full of snot," from snot + -y (2). Meaning "impudent, curt, conceited" is from 1870. Related: Snottily; snottiness. Snotnose "upstart" is from 1941; snotty-nose "contemptible fellow" is from c.1600.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snotty



: He's just a snotnose kid


An importunate upstart; a neophyte, esp a knowing one: some snot-nose in New York (1941+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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