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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. 2017.
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  • Carriages, with servants in snobby coats, beset the doors of the theatre.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • We are an uncouth, snobby, and withal, shabby-looking set of varlets.

  • I'll see somebody struck by lightnin', or hear a voice sayin', "snobby Price: where will you spend eternity?"

  • Thought you might be snobby on account of being volunteers, but I swear you're a bloody human lot.

    Flying for France James R. McConnell
  • We are snobby, because our advance in the new art does not yet extend to the picturesque or well-fitting.

  • "He isn't much of an addition to the team—too snobby for me," spoke Paul in a low voice.

Word Origin and History for snobby

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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