snob

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n snob a person regarded as arrogant and annoying
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Snob A journeyman shoemaker.
    • Snob (Eng. Univ) A townsman.
    • Snob A vulgar person who affects to be better, richer, or more fashionable, than he really is; a vulgar upstart; one who apes his superiors. "Essentially vulgar, a snob . -- a gilded snob , but none the less a snob ."
    • Snob A workman who accepts lower than the usual wages, or who refuses to strike when his fellows do; a rat; a knobstick. "Those who work for lower wages during a strike are called snobs , the men who stand out being “nobs”"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snob A shoemaker; a journeyman shoemaker.
    • n snob A townsman as opposed to a gownsman; a Philistine.
    • n snob One who is servile in spirit or conduct toward those whom he considers his superiors, and correspondingly proud and insolent toward those whom he considers his inferiors; one who vulgarly apes gentility.
    • n snob A workman who continues working while others are out on strike; one who works for lower wages than other workmen; a knobstick; a rat: so called in abuse.
    • snob To sob or weep violently.
    • n snob A convulsive sob.
    • n snob Mucus of the nose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Snob snob a vulgar person, esp. one who apes gentility, a tuft-hunter: a shoemaker: a workman who works for lower wages than his fellows, a rat, one who will not join a strike: a townsman, as opposed to a gownsman, in Cambridge slang
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Quotations

  • William M. Thackeray
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    “Those who forgets their friends to follow those of a higher status are truly snobs.”
  • Russell Lynes
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    “The true snob never rests: there is always a higher goal to attain, and there are, by the same token, always more and more people to look down upon.”
  • Spiro T. Agnew
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    “A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. snāpr, a dolt, impostor, charlatan. Cf. Snub
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. prov. snap, a boy, from Ice. snápr, a dolt; Sw. dial. snopp, a boy.

Usage

In literature:

Is that being a snob, I wonder?
"The Heart of Una Sackville" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Can you forgive your cowardly snob of a brother, Amos dear?
"Amos Huntingdon" by T.P. Wilson
Snob not proper name.
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The "Snob Papers" attracted universal attention, and were still running when he moved to Young Street.
"The Kensington District" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
Well, you know what an utter snob the woman is.
"The Making of a Soul" by Kathlyn Rhodes
I am far from being a snob, Archie, but Newport is really the loveliest place in America.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
If she were as much of a snob as they say, she certainly wouldn't have chosen to take me in.
"Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge" by Pemberton Ginther
I was such a little snob, Anthony.
"Glory of Youth" by Temple Bailey
Jews cannot be sneaks and snobs, because when they are sneaks and snobs they do not admit that they are Jews.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
He was anything but a snob.
"Prince or Chauffeur?" by Lawrence Perry
She knew him quite well for an ill-bred little snob at heart.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
He was no snob, only a very natural young man entering life.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
The crowd did not consist of ordinary people, or snobs.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
They spoke of taking me "off that hoss," and called me a New York "Snob," who "wanted his head punched.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
Mr. Thackeray in England was writing about snobs during this period.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
What would I do among a lot of city people; stuck-up snobs who don't know I'm alive?
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
Bivens was the centre of an admiring group of sycophants and worshipful snobs.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Children are snobs by nature, and this boy was never asked to any of our parties.
"The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson" by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
Off the stage he was a snob by affiliation and a gossiper by inclination.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
Snobs, that's what N' Yorkers are.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
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In poetry:

From London's houses, huts and flats,
Came busmen, snobs, and Earls,
And ugly men in bowler hats
With charming little girls.
"The Ballad of Hampstead Heath" by James Elroy Flecker
Ther wor butchers, an bakers, an snobs,
An grocers, an milkmen, an snips,
All seekin for orders an jobs,
An sweetenin th' sarvents wi' tips.
"To Let" by John Hartley
Says GUY, "Shall a warrior laden
With a big spiky knob,
Sit in peace on his cob
While a beautiful Saracen maiden
Is whipped by a Saracen snob?
"Sir Guy the Crusader" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The trousers are short;
They belonged to Bob
Before he had got his growth;
But John's no snob,
And, unlike Bob,
Cuts his legs to the length of his cloth.
"John S. Crow" by Clara Doty Bates
"Three 'undred thousand snobs
Came out to stop the vay,
Vith sticks vith iron knobs,
Or else we'd gained the day.
The harmy quite kept out of sight,
And so ve vent avay.
"The Three Christmas Waits" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Alas! PRINCE AGIB went and asked them in;
Gave them beer, and eggs, and sweets, and scent, and tin.
And when (as snobs would say)
They had "put it all away,"
He requested them to tune up and begin.
"The Story of Prince Agib" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

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America, apparently, is a nation of snobs .
Bike Snob NYC has long looked at the New York cycling scene through his own unique sense of humor and betterment.
The value of being a snob .
They are being snobs .
What a bunch of snobs .
Snob Appeal In the Soap Dish .
Not a snob, mind you, a connosieur.
Plus, pajamas with snob appeal, the new pashmina, a powerful toothbrush.
My daughter's classmates have not shown themselves to be bullies, rich snobs, convicts under the age of 18, or drugged-out weirdos.
The Audio Snob's Travel Companion.
Nikki Payne, owner of The Snob Shop Exchange, rings up a purchase by Taos resident Kelsey Sandbothe on Tuesday.
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