Origin of snob
Examples from the Web for snob
You write a lot about how you were a jerk or a snob when it came to comedy or film.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What a snob ... Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college.
He was educated, like Fleming, at Eton, but unlike his creator, he was no snob.
Amazingly, considering the subject matter, the Jack Taylor novels have a touch of snob appeal.Why You Should Read Ken Bruen the Master of Irish Noir|Allen Barra|March 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Watch as Jon Stewart schools him on the actual meaning of a “snob.”‘The Artist’ Sweeps Oscars, Davy Jones Dies, J.Lo on the Alleged Nip Slip, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|March 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"Thou shall not be a snob;" such is the first principle at present of Cockney ethics.
A man with a brain full of all the culture of the ages—and with the heart of a mummy and the soul of a snob!Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
"I'll own I'm a snob," said Eunice, with maddening meekness.April Hopes|William Dean Howells
Both had been snobs in a sense, and in a sense he too was a snob.The Law of Hemlock Mountain|Hugh Lundsford
No man has impaled snobbery with such a stinging rapier, but he always accused himself of being a snob, past all cure.Yesterdays with Authors|James T. Fields
- a person who strives to associate with those of higher social status and who behaves condescendingly to othersCompare inverted snob
- (as modifier)snob appeal
Word Origin for snob
1781, "a shoemaker, a shoemaker's apprentice," of unknown origin. It came to be used in Cambridge University slang c.1796, often contemptuously, for "townsman, local merchant," and passed then into literary use, where by 1831 it was being used for "person of the ordinary or lower classes." Meaning "person who vulgarly apes his social superiors" is by 1843, popularized 1848 by William Thackeray's "Book of Snobs." The meaning later broadened to include those who insist on their gentility, in addition to those who merely aspire to it, and by 1911 the word had its main modern sense of "one who despises those considered inferior in rank, attainment, or taste."