toffee-nosed

[ taw-fee-nohzd, tof-ee- ]
/ ˈtɔ fiˌnoʊzd, ˈtɒf i- /
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adjective British Slang.

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

Nearby words

  1. toey,
  2. tofc,
  3. toff,
  4. toffee,
  5. toffee-apple,
  6. toffish,
  7. toft,
  8. tofu,
  9. tog,
  10. toga

Origin of toffee-nosed

First recorded in 1920–25

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British Dictionary definitions for toffee-nosed

toffee-nosed

adjective

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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