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highbrow

[hahy-brou]
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noun
  1. a person of superior intellectual interests and tastes.
  2. a person with intellectual or cultural pretensions; intellectual snob.
  3. the crestfish.
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adjective
  1. Also high·browed. of, relating to, or characteristic of a highbrow.
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Origin of highbrow

First recorded in 1895–1900; high + brow
Related formshigh·brow·ism, noun

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4. intellectual, scholarly, cultured; bookish, snobbish, pseudointellectual.
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  • I've heard these highbrow chaps talking about the Mob and the Tasteful Few.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • I could get onto the sedan styles in highbrow talk as long as it was in American.

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

  • In spots it listens like highbrow book stuff, and then again it don't.

  • The intelligentsia rushed to the rescue with highbrow hue and cry.

    Bizarre

    Lawton Mackall

  • I got a notion I want to see you do something that isn't in your highbrow programme.

    Flappers and Philosophers

    F. Scott Fitzgerald


British Dictionary definitions for highbrow

highbrow

noun
  1. a person of scholarly and erudite tastes
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adjective Also: highbrowed
  1. appealing to highbrowshighbrow literature
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Word Origin and History for highbrow

n.

"person of superior intellect and taste," 1902, back-formation from high-browed (adj.), which is attested from 1891, from high (adj.) + brow (cf. also lowbrow).

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