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snobbish

[snob-ish] /ˈsnɒb ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a snob:
snobbish ideas about rank.
2.
having the character of a snob.
Origin of snobbish
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; snob + -ish1
Related forms
snobbishly, adverb
snobbishness, noun
unsnobbish, adjective
unsnobbishly, adverb
unsnobbishness, noun
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  • But she constantly recalls what that snobbish Bines was unfair enough to tell her.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • She had learned to know that Althea was not only snobbish, but self-seeking as well.

  • To define it was difficult, but Margaret knew what it was not: it was not snobbish.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • She may not be your class; and that's just why it's snobbish.

  • But she wasn't as nice as she looked; in her way she was as snobbish as is Chad.

    We Ten

    Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • Madge knew that Alfred Thornton was snobbish and mean-spirited.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • And from the mother whom those intolerant, snobbish sisters had execrated.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • Herbert, if I did n't know you were cynical, I should say you were snobbish.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
  • snobbish town first toward outsider, but not long—after know you.

    Flappers and Philosophers F. Scott Fitzgerald
Word Origin and History for snobbish
adj.

1840, "pertaining to snobs," from snob + -ish. Meaning "with the character of a snob" is from 1849. Related: Snobbishly; snobbishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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