of, relating to, or characteristic of a snob: snobbish ideas about rank.
having the character of a snob.

Origin of snobbish

First recorded in 1830–40; snob + -ish1
Related formssnob·bish·ly, adverbsnob·bish·ness, nounun·snob·bish, adjectiveun·snob·bish·ly, adverbun·snob·bish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snobbish

Contemporary Examples of snobbish

  • As with white fraternities, hazing rituals can be snobbish, or bullying.

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    Obama and the Black Elite

    Patricia J. Williams

    August 21, 2009

Historical Examples of snobbish

  • But she constantly recalls what that snobbish Bines was unfair enough to tell her.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She had learned to know that Althea was not only snobbish, but self-seeking as well.

  • To define it was difficult, but Margaret knew what it was not: it was not snobbish.

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    E. M. Forster

  • She may not be your class; and that's just why it's snobbish.

  • But she wasn't as nice as she looked; in her way she was as snobbish as is Chad.

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    Lyda Farrington Kraus

Word Origin and History for snobbish

1840, "pertaining to snobs," from snob + -ish. Meaning "with the character of a snob" is from 1849. Related: Snobbishly; snobbishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper