snooty

[snoo-tee]

adjective, snoot·i·er, snoot·i·est. Informal.


Nearby words

  1. snooperscope,
  2. snoopy,
  3. snoose,
  4. snoot,
  5. snootful,
  6. snooze,
  7. snoozefest,
  8. snoqualmie falls,
  9. snore,
  10. snoring

Origin of snooty

First recorded in 1915–20; snoot + -y1

Related formssnoot·i·ly, adverbsnoot·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for snootiness

snooty

adjective snootier or snootiest informal

aloof or supercilious
snobbish or exclusivea snooty restaurant
Derived Formssnootily, adverbsnootiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for snootiness

snooty

adj.

"proud, arrogant," 1918, noted that year as college slang, from snoot (n.) + -y (2). Probably with suggestions of snouty (1858); the notion being of "looking down one's nose." Related: Snootily; snootiness.

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