October 25, 2012
snooty (adjective)
\SNOO-tee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: snobbish
How do you use it?
Her friends were so snooty that they wouldn't even look at a person who wasn't wearing the newest, most fashionable clothes.
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"Snooty" developed from an earlier English word, "snoot." What do you think "snoot" means?

You hit it right on the nose if you chose B. "Snooty" comes to us from the earlier English word "snoot," from Middle English "snute," both of which mean "nose" or "snout." "Snoot" first came into English in the mid-1800s, and soon after it appeared, it acquired the additional meaning of a look of disgust or contempt -- what we also call "looking down your nose at someone or something." Before too long, a person who gave a "snoot" (a look of contempt) became "a snoot" (a snobby person). The adjective "snooty" appeared in the early 1900s to describe people with their nose in the air.
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