snob

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See also: Snob and snöb

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Late 18th century dialectical English snob (cobbler), of unknown origin. Early senses of the word carried the meaning of "lower status;" it was then used to describe those seeking to imitate those of higher wealth or status. Folk etymology derives it from the Latin phrase sine nobilitate (without nobility), but early uses had no connection to this.[1][2]

The modern sense was popularized by William Makepeace Thackeray in The Book of Snobs (1848).[3]

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Noun[edit]

snob (plural snobs)

  1. (informal, derogatory) 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.]
    • 1920, F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Four Fists”, in Flappers and Philosophers:
      Outside of his own set he was considered rather a snob, but as his set was the set, it never worried him.
    • 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.
    Synonym: cad

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  2. ^ snob”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN
  3. ^ Anatoly Liberman (2008-05-14) , “Snob Before and After Thackeray”, in OUPblog[1]

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English snob.

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Noun[edit]

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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Adjective[edit]

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)

Noun[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

snob m (invariable)

  1. snob

Adjective[edit]

snob (invariable)

  1. snobbish

References[edit]

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

Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English snob.

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Noun[edit]

snob m pers (feminine snobka)

  1. snob (person who seeks to be a member of the upper classes)

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Further reading[edit]

  • snob in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • snob in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French snob.

Adjective[edit]

snob m or n (feminine singular snobă, masculine plural snobi, feminine and neuter plural snobe)

  1. snobbish

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English snob.

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Noun[edit]

snȍb m (Cyrillic spelling сно̏б)

  1. snob

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Slovak[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English snob.

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Noun[edit]

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