[ taw-fee-nohzd, tof-ee- ]
/ ˈtɔ fiˌnoʊzd, ˈtɒf i- /

adjective British Slang.

stuck-up; conceited; pretentious: a toffee-nosed butler; a toffee-nosed shop.

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Origin of toffee-nosed

First recorded in 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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slang, mainly British pretentious or supercilious; used esp of snobbish people

Word Origin for toffee-nosed

C20: perhaps coined as a pun on toffy stylish, grand: see toff
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