[ snot-ee ]
/ ˈsnɒt i /

adjective, snot·ti·er, snot·ti·est.

Vulgar. of or relating to snot.
Informal. snobbish; arrogant; supercilious: a snotty kid.

Nearby words

  1. snorter,
  2. snot,
  3. snot-rag,
  4. snotnosed,
  5. snotter,
  6. snout,
  7. snout beetle,
  8. snout reflex,
  9. snow,
  10. snow apple

Origin of snotty

First recorded in 1560–70; snot + -y1

Related formssnot·ti·ly, adverbsnot·ti·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snotty

  • "After you with the deck watch," I said to the Snotty who was using it.

    From Snotty to Sub|Wolstan Beaumont Charles Weld Forester

British Dictionary definitions for snotty


/ (ˈsnɒtɪ) considered vulgar /

adjective -tier or -tiest

dirty with nasal discharge
slang contemptible; nasty
snobbish; conceited

noun plural -ties

a slang word for midshipman
Derived Formssnottily, adverbsnottiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for snotty



1560s, "full of snot," from snot + -y (2). Meaning "impudent, curt, conceited" is from 1870. Related: Snottily; snottiness. Snotnose "upstart" is from 1941; snotty-nose "contemptible fellow" is from c.1600.

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