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 snobbishly

Historical Examples of snobbishly

  • I know you don't like that word "class," but please don't think I am using it snobbishly.

    Mistress Anne

    Temple Bailey

  • Not snobbishly, you understand, nor deliberately, but quite in passing.


    H. G. Wells

  • That was only an episode to her, of which she was snobbishly ashamed in time.

    Poor Man's Rock

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • Brought up in low environment, he snobbishly worships all this as base and vulgar.


    James Huneker

  • We need not heed the criticism of the world, snobbishly; we are a great nation, and can afford to make our own laws.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood

Word Origin and History for snobbishly



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