a person of superior intellectual interests and tastes.
a person with intellectual or cultural pretensions; intellectual snob.
the crestfish.


Also high·browed. of, relating to, or characteristic of a highbrow.

Nearby words

  1. highball,
  2. highbinder,
  3. highborn,
  4. highboy,
  5. highbred,
  6. highbush blueberry,
  7. highbush cranberry,
  8. highbush huckleberry,
  9. highchair,
  10. highdaddy

Origin of highbrow

First recorded in 1895–1900; high + brow

Related formshigh·brow·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for highbrow



a person of scholarly and erudite tastes

adjective Also: highbrowed

appealing to highbrowshighbrow literature
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Word Origin and History for highbrow



"person of superior intellect and taste," 1902, back-formation from high-browed (adj.), which is attested from 1891, from high (adj.) + brow (cf. also lowbrow).

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