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  1. a person who imitates, cultivates, or slavishly admires social superiors and is condescending or overbearing to others.

  2. a person who claims to be 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; origin uncertain; 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”

Other words from snob

  • an·ti·snob, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use snob in a sentence

  • I immediately shift any blame from myself and decide that the first-class passengers are all snobs.

    My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin
  • Comparing his conduct with his predecessors', it really appeared that a gentleman can beat snobs in various relations of life.

  • Having just encountered a trio of girls whom she had instantly set down as snobs, Ronny had donned her armor.

  • We do not know much of the Sans Soucians, but we are not in favor of snobs, Ronny made steady utterance.

  • An assembly of two thousand snobs will never stint its applause to an author who chastises snobbery.

    The English Stage | Augustin Filon

British Dictionary definitions for snob


/ (snɒb) /

    • a person who strives to associate with those of higher social status and who behaves condescendingly to others: Compare inverted snob

    • (as modifier): snob appeal

  1. a person having similar pretensions with regard to his tastes, etc: an intellectual snob

Origin of snob

C18 (in the sense: shoemaker; hence, C19: a person who flatters those of higher station, etc): of unknown origin

Derived forms of snob

  • snobbery, noun
  • snobbish, adjective
  • snobbishly, adverb
  • snobbishness or snobbism, noun
  • snobby, adjective

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