snob

[ snob ]
/ snɒb /

noun

a person who imitates, cultivates, or slavishly admires social superiors and is condescending or overbearing to others.
a person who believes himself or herself an expert or connoisseur in a given field and is condescending toward or disdainful of those who hold other opinions or have different tastes regarding this field: a musical snob.

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Origin of snob

First recorded in 1775–85; origin uncertain; first used as a nickname for “a cobbler or cobbler's apprentice,” hence “a townsman, someone of low class or lacking good breeding, commoner,” hence ”someone who imitates persons of higher rank”

OTHER WORDS FROM snob

an·ti·snob, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for snob

snob
/ (snɒb) /

noun

  1. a person who strives to associate with those of higher social status and who behaves condescendingly to othersCompare inverted snob
  2. (as modifier)snob appeal
a person having similar pretensions with regard to his tastes, etcan intellectual snob

Derived forms of snob

Word Origin for snob

C18 (in the sense: shoemaker; hence, C19: a person who flatters those of higher station, etc): of unknown origin
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