social climber

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  1. a person who attempts to gain admission into a group with a higher social standing.

Origin of social climber

First recorded in 1920–25

Other words from social climber

  • social climbing, noun

Words Nearby social climber Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use social climber in a sentence

  • "The only thing I've got against Mrs. Jackson is she's a social climber," Perkins broke in.

    Skinner's Dress Suit | Henry Irving Dodge
  • In London he was a social climber, in spite of his gold; here he was a sole autocrat of the camp.

    The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for social climber

social climber

  1. a person who seeks advancement to a higher social class, esp by obsequious behaviour: Sometimes shortened to: climber

Derived forms of social climber

  • social climbing, noun

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