Definition of snob in English:



  • 1A person with an exaggerated respect for high social position or wealth who seeks to associate with social superiors and dislikes people or activities regarded as lower-class.

    • ‘Why should she care if it was governed by arrogant snobs like Veronica?’
    • ‘I think they are snobs and do not want to be associated with Swindon.’
    • ‘She was considered by most to be a quiet, stuck-up snob.’
    • ‘They were all rich snobs that thought people like myself lower than dirt.’
    • ‘People who were not snobs, and would have been shocked to be described as such, nonetheless took a quiet satisfaction from the romance of two old and grand families coming together.’
    • ‘It points out how primitively produced goods are preferred by snobs because they are different and more expensive rather than because they are better in any way.’
    • ‘She was mercilessly teased by boys and other girls about her physical appearance and called a snob because her father was wealthy.’
    • ‘My mother had drilled it into me that they were snobs.’
    • ‘I run a business, if it flops I'm accountable and suffer the consequences, so why not have the same rule for the snobs who run the biggest companies?’
    • ‘Where do you get off calling my friends snobs?’
    • ‘The most common criticism is that they are snobs who criticise ordinary members of the public about their clothes and humiliate them on television.’
    • ‘He suffered neither fools nor snobs gladly and lost millions creating prototypes of aeroplanes that other companies would benefit from afterwards.’
    • ‘She has come to realizations that no other popular snob has ever come to before.’
    • ‘She was a stuck up little snob who thought the world revolved around her.’
    • ‘He's a snob, a social climber and a misogynist, really a very unpleasant man.’
    • ‘He was from Barker, she learnt, forced to go to the private school much like she was, sharing her hatred for the snobs of their area.’
    • ‘It's a lot easier to believe someone is a selfish snob when they aren't so self sacrificial to their friends.’
    • ‘She's a rich snob who thinks she can get whoever and whatever she wants.’
    • ‘The nice thing about your mother is that she doesn't really care what you do, ideally, because some mothers are snobs, and that causes great problems.’
    • ‘We called them stuck-up snobs, and they called us lowdown hicks.’
    1. 1.1[with adjective or noun modifier]A person who believes that their tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people.
      ‘a musical snob’
      • ‘There have always been classical and opera snobs who look down on the inferior world of pop and rock.’
      • ‘When the people who get ‘celebrated’ are chefs, models, celebrity real estate agents and wine snobs, we're in trouble.’
      • ‘Like geeky music snobs sneering as their favourite indie band climbs the charts, they view success as a sign of impurity, popularity as poison.’
      • ‘Now the travel snob is not a new phenomenon, he has been around for years.’
      • ‘A common complaint issued by food snobs is that supermarket fruit and veggies is all standardised - the stores won't stock lopsided peppers or mean-looking garlic, and it is all a bit chilled and insipid.’
      • ‘I'm going to write about comic book snobs later.’
      • ‘What is it with music snobs only being able to appreciate good throwaway pop ten years later?’
      • ‘In short, I really became quite the superior rock snob.’
      • ‘But I'd argue that among rock snobs of all ages, quiet is the new loud.’
      • ‘Unfortunately you've had it: you are in the company of a travel snob.’
      • ‘Broadsheet snobs can dismiss me all they like, but I'm selling papers and they're not.’
      • ‘They plug into portable devices and laptops, and will impress even insufferable music snobs.’
      • ‘There is obvious pleasure in exposing wine snobs, even more than Literature snobs.’
      • ‘How many food snobs would still be raving about white truffles if they were ubiquitous?’
      • ‘But food snobs have some more tricks up their sleeves.’
      • ‘The range of drinks available, and the local approach to them, makes Italy the most sophisticated drinking culture in Europe, and there are hardly any wine snobs.’
      • ‘These kiddies are young and you won't be finding too much to appeal to the music snobs, but that there's some potential.’


Late 18th century (originally dialect in the sense cobbler): of unknown origin; early senses conveyed a notion of lower status or rank later denoting a person seeking to imitate those of superior social standing or wealth. Folk etymology connects the word with Latin sine nobilitate without nobility but the earliest recorded sense has no connection with this.