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Origin of snooty

First recorded in 1915–20; snoot + -y1
Related formssnoot·i·ly, adverbsnoot·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for snootiness

pretension, arrogance, pomposity, airs, hauteur, snootiness

British Dictionary definitions for snootiness


adjective snootier or snootiest informal
  1. aloof or supercilious
  2. snobbish or exclusivea snooty restaurant
Derived Formssnootily, adverbsnootiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for snootiness



"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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