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[snob-ee] /ˈsnɒb i/
adjective, snobbier, snobbiest.
condescending, patronizing, or socially exclusive; snobbish.
Origin of snobby
First recorded in 1840-50; snob + -y1
Related forms
snobbily, adverb
snobbiness, snobbism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • No; but there are plenty of people who will subscribe out of snobbism.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
  • Nothing so provoked him as any snobbism which wanted to hinder it.

  • Thackeray soon rushes away from his criticisms on snobbism to other matters.


    Anthony Trollope
  • What history and romance there is about Pau is pretty well blotted out by twentieth-century snobbism, it would seem.

    The Automobilist Abroad

    M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • In the hideous church is a monument to him fairly appreciative, but disfigured by snobbism.

    More Pages from a Journal Mark Rutherford
  • It is a critical acuteness, not a snobbism, which last is selection on some other principle than that of a personal quality.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • Shall I play geographer to those who are learned in the nomenclature of snobbism?

  • snobbism is not confined to the toadying of the rich, but is quite as often displayed in the toadying of the poor.

    Character Samuel Smiles
Word Origin and History for snobbism



1835, from snob + -y (2). Related: Snobbiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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