snob

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See also: Snob and snöb

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin is debated, but "snob" became widely used in the 19th century to connote social climbers that copied the manners of the upper classes, which makes a fair case for the suggested theory of "s.nob.", abbreviation of the latin phrase "sine nobilitate", meaning "without nobility", regardless of, and perhaps parallell and unrelated to, the first recorded use mid 18th century, meaning "cobbler".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: snŏb, IPA(key): /snɒb/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒb

Noun[edit]

snob (plural snobs)

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  1. (informal) A person who wishes to be seen as a member of the upper classes and who looks down on those perceived to have inferior or unrefined tastes. [from 20th c.]
    • 1958, Arnold Wesker, Roots:
      If wanting the best things in life means being a snob then glory hallelujah I'm a snob.
  2. (colloquial) A cobbler or shoemaker. [from 18th c.]
    • 1929, Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune, Vintage 2014, p. 57:
      The snobs were also kind to him, and gave him a pair of boots which they assured him were of a type and quality reserved entirely for officers []
  3. (dated) A member of the lower classes; a commoner. [from 19th c.]
    • 1844, Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit:
      'D'ye know a slap-up sort of button, when you see it?' said the youth. 'Don't look at mine, if you ain't a judge, because these lions' heads was made for men of men of taste: not snobs.'
    • 1913, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Poison Belt:
      I tell you, sir, that I have a brain of my own, and that I should feel myself to be a snob and a slave if I did not use it.
  4. (archaic) A workman who works for lower wages than his fellows, or who will not join a strike.
  5. (Cambridge University) A townsman, as opposed to a gownsman.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English snob.

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snob m (plural snobs, diminutive snobje n)

  1. snob

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English snob.

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snob (plural snobs)

  1. snobbish, snobby
    • 1954, “J’suis snob”, performed by Boris Vian:
      J’suis snob… J’suis snob / C’est vraiment l’seul défaut que j’gobe.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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snob m or f (plural snobs)

  1. snob
    C’est un snob.
    He's a snob.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English snob.

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snob m (invariable)

  1. snob

Adjective[edit]

snob (invariable)

  1. snobbish

References[edit]

  1. ^ snob in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English snob.

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snȍb m (Cyrillic spelling сно̏б)

  1. snob

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Slovak[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English snob.

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snob m (genitive singular snoba, nominative plural snobi, genitive plural snobov, declension pattern of chlap)

  1. snob

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Further reading[edit]

  • snob in Slovak dictionaries at korpus.sk