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.

Origin of snob

First recorded in 1775–85; orig. uncert; 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

Related forms

an·ti·snob, noun
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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

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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