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Snob Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    snob n : a person regarded as arrogant and annoying [syn: prig, snot]
Snob Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Snob \Snob\, n. [Icel. sn[=a]pr a dolt, impostor, charlatan. Cf. Snub.]
  1. A vulgar person who affects to be better, richer, or more fashionable, than he really is; a vulgar upstart; one who apes his superiors. --Thackeray. Essentially vulgar, a snob. -- a gilded snob, but none the less a snob. --R. G. White.
  2. (Eng. Univ.) A townsman. [Canf]
  3. A journeyman shoemaker. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
  4. A workman who accepts lower than the usual wages, or who refuses to strike when his fellows do; a rat; a knobstick. Those who work for lower wages during a strike are called snobs, the men who stand out being ``nobs'' --De Quincey.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Snob'

A snob is someone who adopts the worldview of snobbery — that some people are inherently inferior to him or her for any one of a variety of reasons, including real or supposed intellect, wealth, education, ancestry, taste, beauty, et cetera. Often, the form of snobbery reflects the snob's personal attributes. For example, a common snobbery of the affluent is the belief that wealth is either the cause or result of superiority, or both, and a common snobbery of the physically attractive is that beauty is paramount.

Snobbery existed even in mediaeval feudal aristocratic Europe, when the clothing, manners, language and tastes of every class were strictly codified by customs or law. Chaucer, a poet moving in the court circles, noted the provincial French spoken by the Prioress among the Canterbury pilgrims:

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* An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger. - Dan Rather

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