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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: snob 'shoemaker, person of low social rank' (18-19 centuries)

snob

noun
     
snob [countable]
1 someone who thinks they are better than people from a lower social class - used to show disapproval:
Stop being such a snob.
I don't want to sound like a snob, but I thought she was vulgar.
2 someone who thinks they are better than other people because they know more about something than other people - used to show disapproval:
3

snob value/appeal

British English something that has snob value is liked by people who think they are better than other people:
That kind of car has real snob appeal.

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