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[snob-ish] /ˈsnɒb ɪʃ/
of, relating to, or characteristic of a snob:
snobbish ideas about rank.
having the character of a snob.
Origin of snobbish
First recorded in 1830-40; snob + -ish1
Related forms
snobbishly, adverb
snobbishness, noun
unsnobbish, adjective
unsnobbishly, adverb
unsnobbishness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I know you don't like that word "class," but please don't think I am using it snobbishly.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • Not snobbishly, you understand, nor deliberately, but quite in passing.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • That was only an episode to her, of which she was snobbishly ashamed in time.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Brought up in low environment, he snobbishly worships all this as base and vulgar.


    James Huneker
  • We need not heed the criticism of the world, snobbishly; we are a great nation, and can afford to make our own laws.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood
  • On one hand it encourages the commoner to be snobbishly mean, and the noble to be snobbishly arrogant.

    The Book of Snobs William Makepeace Thackeray
  • We worship kings in England, I admit, but only snobbishly; we significantly call the pound a sovereign.

    Sylvia & Michael Compton Mackenzie
Word Origin and History for snobbishly



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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