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culture vulture


noun Slang.

a person with an excessive or pretentious interest in the arts.

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Origin of culture vulture

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for culture vulture

culture vulture


noun

informal a person considered to be excessively, and often pretentiously, interested in the arts
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Idioms and Phrases with culture vulture

culture vulture


An individual with a consuming or excessive interest in the arts. For example, A relentless culture vulture, she dragged her children to every museum in town. This slangy term may have been originated by Ogden Nash, who wrote: “There is a vulture Who circles above The carcass of culture” (Free Wheeling, 1931). [1940s]

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