- a person of superior intellectual interests and tastes.
- a person with intellectual or cultural pretensions; intellectual snob.
- the crestfish.
- Also high·browed. of, relating to, or characteristic of a highbrow.
Origin of highbrow
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4. intellectual, scholarly, cultured; bookish, snobbish, pseudointellectual.
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What makes Ngai's discussion novel is her application of the "cute" to highbrow poetry.Zany, Cute, Interesting: What the Words We Use Say About Us
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Armored in highbrow credibility, he lashes out with low blows.David Mamet's Right Turn
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I've heard these highbrow chaps talking about the Mob and the Tasteful Few.The Foolish Lovers
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I could get onto the sedan styles in highbrow talk as long as it was in American.Free Air
In spots it listens like highbrow book stuff, and then again it don't.Shorty McCabe on the Job
The intelligentsia rushed to the rescue with highbrow hue and cry.Bizarre
I got a notion I want to see you do something that isn't in your highbrow programme.Flappers and Philosophers
F. Scott Fitzgerald
- a person of scholarly and erudite tastes
- appealing to highbrowshighbrow literature
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Word Origin and History for highbrow
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