Highbrow



[hahy-brou] /ˈhaɪˌbraʊ/

noun
1.
a person of superior intellectual interests and tastes.
2.
a person with intellectual or cultural pretensions; intellectual snob.
3.
the crestfish.
adjective
4.
Also, highbrowed. of, relating to, or characteristic of a highbrow.
/ˈhaɪˌbraʊ/
noun
1.
a person of scholarly and erudite tastes
adjective
2.
appealing to highbrows: highbrow literature
n.

“person of superior intellect and taste,” 1902, back-formation from high-browed (adj.), which is attested from 1891, from high (adj.) + brow (cf. also lowbrow).

adjective

noun

An intellectual; person of notable education and culture; double dome, egghead: One does not need to be a ”highbrow” to read this book (1902+)

[said to have been coined by the humorist Will Irwin as a back formation fr high-browed]

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