Definition of snot-nosed in US English:



  • 1Childish and inexperienced (used as a general term of abuse)

    ‘a boy at thirteen is a snot-nosed kid’
    • ‘He offered mentoring advice to a snot-nosed, 24-year-old law student as if it were the most important part of his job.’
    • ‘Their love for us keeps them motivated to carry on even when we are undeserving, ungrateful, snot-nosed brats.’
    • ‘I had joined the army when I was some snot-nosed little kid fresh out of prep school so that I could see adventure.’
    • ‘The other day on the subway some snot-nosed preschooler gave me the finger, for crying out loud!’
    • ‘I was looking at the cheese graters in the utensils aisle when some snot-nosed child came up to me with a pastry brush and started painting my jeans with it (no paint, of course).’
    • ‘Tuesday morning will be inexplicably cold, and your commute will be filled with snot-nosed morons heading back to school.’
    • ‘Didn't I just say the casino was closed you snot-nosed brat?’
    • ‘To her, they were just a bunch of snot-nosed brats who thought they were cool now that they were finally in high school.’
    • ‘It's just like going to a movie except you'll be surrounded by actors instead of snot-nosed kids.’
    • ‘I won't be judged by another human being, especially some snot-nosed kid who's never had to work a day in his life for anything.’
    • ‘In this street culture, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do even if he's still a punk snot-nosed kid.’
    • ‘Torn between the aspect of keeping his lousy grade and keeping up with snot-nosed kindergarteners, he sat in the lounge and rolled his papers between his hands uncertainly.’
    • ‘I'm sure the chickens probably got lost in the fields and some snot-nosed kids just got hungry.’
    • ‘No snot-nosed moppets are gonna be ringing my bell this Halloween.’
    • ‘There the bus turned around and headed back towards town with the driver muttering about how much easier his route was before he had to start driving all the way out there just for two snot-nosed brats.’
    • ‘There is no way I'm taking orders from a snot-nosed kid.’
    • ‘He's talking to two marine biologists that specialize in sharks as if we're two snot-nosed kids on a school trip for crying out loud!’
    • ‘I didn't want to have to take care of some snot-nosed brat 5-year old for a living.’
    • ‘We don't need some snot-nosed childless know-it-all telling us how to raise our kids.’
    • ‘I think it is curious a snot-nosed, 18-year-old has the same vote as a father of seven.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person) considering oneself superior; conceited.
      ‘a snot-nosed snob’
      • ‘That is an amazing ratio and, if snot-nosed American media grandees don't think there's a story there, maybe they ought to consider another line of work.’
      • ‘Which means I will have to spend the next couple of months or so in a school of magic surrounded by snot-nosed nobles and arrogant mages.’
      • ‘I overheard from a bunch of those snot-nosed Etonians a while ago that there's this party that pervert was holding in his family's mansion.’
      • ‘It's well known that this school costs quite a sum of money to attend so only snot-nosed, shallow kids like Terry and Theresa could afford it.’
      • ‘After all, this is a documentary about handicapped athletes who are more focused and determined about their sport than many a snot-nosed multimillionaire professional.’
      vain, narcissistic, pleased with oneself, self-loving, in love with oneself, self-admiring, self-regarding, self-centred, egotistic, egotistical, egoistic, egocentric, egomaniac
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