adjective, snoot·i·er, snoot·i·est.Informal.
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OTHER WORDS FROM snootysnoot·i·ly, adverbsnoot·i·ness, noun
Words nearby snooty
What does snooty mean?
Snooty is always used negatively. It’s often used to describe people that exclude others, typically due to the perception that others are not good enough. Snooty isn’t only applied to people—you can call a restaurant snooty, for example, if it’s overly exclusive.
A snooty person can be called a snoot, which means the same thing as snob. But the adjective snooty is much more commonly used than the noun snoot.
Example: The kids in my class are so snooty—they all just stick to their own cliques and don’t try to make friends with anyone else.
Where does snooty come from?
The first records of snooty come from around 1920. Its base word, snoot, is recorded earlier, in the 1860s, and is simply a variant of the word snout, meaning “the nose or muzzle of an animal.” The word snout comes from the German Schnauze, which is also the basis of schnauzer, a name for a type of dog. (The slang word schnoz, referring to a big nose, is probably related.)
Fittingly, snooty people look down their nose at others—or turn up their nose at them. The adjective snotty can mean the same thing as snooty, and the word snot can also refer to a snob. Both snot and snotty are also nose-related, deriving from the German schneuzen, “to blow one’s nose.”
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What are some other forms related to snooty?
- snootier (comparative adjective)
- snootiest (superlative adjective)
- snootiness (noun)
- snootily (adverb)
- snoot (noun)
What are some synonyms for snooty?
What are some words that share a root or word element with snooty?
What are some words that often get used in discussing snooty?
How is snooty used in real life?
Snooty is always used negatively. Don’t be snooty.
Reading this excellent book has made me listen to Suede's first album and to Dog Man Star for the first time for years. And, you know what? They both sound great. I really can't remember why I was so snooty about them the first time round. https://t.co/oEW5uHSSuj
— Hugo Collingridge (@Chorltonian) July 30, 2020
I spent 1996-2001 being extremely snooty about every web page that didn't include a DTD declaration at the top despite the fact that this made no difference to anything.
— Laurie Voss (@seldo) May 29, 2019
— New York Post (@nypost) June 13, 2020
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Which of the following words is a synonym of snooty?
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for snooty
The one band that blasted out of dormitory windows onto grassy quadrangles in the snooty Northeast, no matter what, was REM.The Return of the Replacements: Here Comes a Regular|Elizabeth Wurtzel|September 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And so, yes, you realize, you can get pretentious and snooty about tequila.One Percent Shots! Testing Leona, DeLeon’s $825 Bottle of Tequila|Daniel Gross|November 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Nobody wanted to hand a plum invasion spot to some fat egghead from a snooty rag, he crabbed.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day|Timothy M. Gay|June 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Lest you think GWS is a snooty Philistine, I'll share that I'm a great lover of old English villages and towns.
The New York 23rd remains a cautionary tale about the Club for Growth and its snooty deviousness during the last days of the GOP.
I didn't like the way you looked at May Arnold, or the snooty way you talked.Babbitt|Sinclair Lewis
It sounds well to be a Kappa Upsilon and we can go around if we like and be as snooty as any of them.Betty Lee, Sophomore|David Goodger (email@example.com)