[ 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
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Or was she in fact a maligned victim of elite snobbery (see “pin up girl,” above) by toffee-nosed, Georgetown cocktail-swillers?
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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