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[snoo-tee] /ˈsnu ti/
adjective, snootier, snootiest. Informal.
Origin of snooty
First recorded in 1915-20; snoot + -y1
Related forms
snootily, adverb
snootiness, noun Unabridged
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  • I didn't like the way you looked at May Arnold, or the snooty way you talked.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • It sounds well to be a Kappa Upsilon and we can go around if we like and be as snooty as any of them.

    Betty Lee, Sophomore

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British Dictionary definitions for snooty


adjective (informal) snootier, snootiest
aloof or supercilious
snobbish or exclusive: a snooty restaurant
Derived Forms
snootily, adverb
snootiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for snooty

"proud, arrogant," 1918, noted that year as college slang, from snoot (n.) + -y (2). Probably with suggestions of snouty (1858); the notion being of "looking down one's nose." Related: Snootily; snootiness.

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



Snobbish; haughty and disdainful; supercilious; hoity-toity, sniffy: the snootiest madame in America/ a generally vain and snooty class of men

[1919+; fr the mien of a person who smells something nasty and holds the nose high]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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