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highbrow

[hahy-brou] /ˈhaɪˌbraʊ/
noun
1.
a person of superior intellectual interests and tastes.
2.
a person with intellectual or cultural pretensions; intellectual snob.
3.
the crestfish.
adjective
4.
Also, highbrowed. of, relating to, or characteristic of a highbrow.
Origin of highbrow
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900; high + brow
Related forms
highbrowism, noun
Synonyms
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

/ˈhaɪˌbraʊ/
noun
1.
a person of scholarly and erudite tastes
adjective
2.
appealing to highbrows: highbrow 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for highbrow

highbrow

adjective

  1. (also highbrowed) Idealistic; snobbish: all them high-brow sermons (1891+)
  2. Impractical; unrealistic: another silly highbrow scheme

noun

An intellectual; person of notable education and culture; double dome, egghead: One does not need to be a ''highbrow'' to read this book (1902+)

[said to have been coined by the humorist Will Irwin as a back formation fr high-browed]

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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