Origin of snobby

First recorded in 1840–50; snob + -y1
Related formssnob·bi·ly, adverbsnob·bi·ness, snob·bism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for snobbism

Contemporary Examples of snobbism

  • Her snobbism was arbitrary, and her prejudices were restricted to the rules and laws of her own personal kingdom.

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    Family Secrets in Tehran

    Azar Nafisi

    January 10, 2009

Historical Examples of snobbism

  • No; but there are plenty of people who will subscribe out of snobbism.

    Mortal Coils

    Aldous Huxley

  • Nothing so provoked him as any snobbism which wanted to hinder it.

  • Thackeray soon rushes away from his criticisms on snobbism to other matters.


    Anthony Trollope

  • What history and romance there is about Pau is pretty well blotted out by twentieth-century snobbism, it would seem.

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    M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield

  • In the hideous church is a monument to him fairly appreciative, but disfigured by snobbism.

Word Origin and History for snobbism



1835, from snob + -y (2). Related: Snobbiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper