highbrow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj highbrow highly cultured or educated "highbrow events such as the ballet or opera","a highbrowed literary critic"
    • n highbrow a person of intellectual or erudite tastes
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Quotations

  • A. P. Herbert
    A. P. Herbert
    “A highbrow is the kind of person who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso.”
  • Brander Matthews
    Brander Matthews
    “A highbrow is a person educated beyond his intelligence.”

Usage

In literature:

Such smooth, highbrow conversation goes with it too!
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
One o' yer highbrows out o' th' parlor car!
"A Voice in the Wilderness" by Grace Livingston Hill
All your common bughouse phrases make the shrinking highbrow tired.
"Rippling Rhymes" by Walt Mason
Billie Tarbox, for instance, hasn't any preferences; he just hates all highbrow stuff alike.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
I like this highbrow music all right, but the people that come to hear it make me so sad.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
It was clear she wa'n't any highbrow, such as Father must have been.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
You've made up your mind for good and all to stick to the highbrows?
"Killykinick" by Mary T. Waggaman
No thin-shanked, stoop-shouldered, scant-haired highbrow has yet vanished.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
We can never palm ourselves off as highbrows while he's around.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
There's no bringing him back like that highbrow claimed.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Poets and highbrows scorn them, but living women who can see the living men are not so foolish.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
Stay away from highbrow subjects.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
I'll bet it's highbrow stuff you want to get out of your system!
"The Come Back" by Carolyn Wells
It was the laboratory man, the theorist, the highbrow if you like, who made our health record a matter of national pride and congratulation.
"Some War-time Lessons" by Frederick P. (Frederick Paul) Keppel
They played highbrow pieces on the phoneygraph.
""That's me all over, Mable"" by Edward Streeter
Some sort of highbrow.
"Out of the Air" by Inez Haynes Irwin
Stannard's something of a highbrow and a smart clubman.
"Northwest!" by Harold Bindloss
Not a highbrow, he yet recognizes that literature has its place, on all four walls of a large room, and bought in sets.
"Behind the Mirrors" by Clinton W. Gilbert
No more of a highbrow than you are.
"The Hall and the Grange" by Archibald Marshall
The ignorant man's resentment toward superiority, or "highbrowism," is thereby vindicated.
"The Behavior of Crowds" by Everett Dean Martin
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In poetry:

They glour at me, my tomes of learning.
"You dolt!" they jibe; "you undiscerning
Moronic oaf, you make a fuss,
With highbrow swank selecting us;
Saying: "I'll read you all some day' -
And now you yawn and turn away.
"My Library" by Robert W Service

In news:

Lowbrow or highbrow, jazz is the great American art form.
David Savran Highbrow/ Lowbrow : Theater, Jazz, and the Making of the New Middle Class.
In a sensational production of John Logan's play at the Mark Taper Forum, an artist of highbrow ambition has accepted a lucrative commission, and guilt results.
Okay, you say, maybe in New York or Chicago, where people are, like, more smarter but surely such a thing will prove too highbrow for a town of carnies and showmen where the O-word implies "soap opera " or "space opera " or "Oprah.
Is Highbrow Rock an Oxymoron .
A Guide to Highbrow Oral Sex Writing and Reportage .
MSU's reveloving repartory shows win with highbrow drama, meta humor.
The Coens turn 'No Country for Old Men' into a highbrow grindhouser.
Last month, the highbrow The New Yorker ran an admiring profile of Nora Roberts.
Intelligent dance music strives for highbrow respectability, so a mini-trend of orchestral renderings was inevitable.
These are more creative approaches to the no cell-phone signs now common in restaurants ranging from highbrow to quick-eats.
Picnic Theatre chooses fun over highbrow By Jess Righthand Friday, October 26, 2012.
On the contrary, this is a highbrow fish house that happens to have the most comprehensive selection of oysters you'll find anywhere.
The Bloomberg devices, which plug directly into financial trading floors around the world, are part of a push to rebrand the traditionally highbrow world of trading in the eyes of potential finance majors, especially female ones.
The conservative attack on health care reform has always been a highbrow-lowbrow combination.
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