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

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. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of snooty

Historical Examples of snooty

  • I didn't like the way you looked at May Arnold, or the snooty way you talked.


    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 (

British Dictionary definitions for 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 snooty

"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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