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highbrow

1. adjective Of or pertaining to heightened intellectualism or superior learning or culture; especially erudite or sophisticated; appealing or suited to highbrows. The film is by no means highbrow, but it has an intelligent enough story and some compelling characters. After two degrees in literature, Stanley insists on reading only highbrow books.
2. noun A person who has or affects heightened intellectualism or superior learning or culture, often in a pretentious or elitist manner. Of course, a book like this won't be given the time of day by literary highbrows, but it nevertheless provides an engaging and—dare I say it—entertaining read.

highbrowed

Of or pertaining to heightened intellectualism or superior learning or culture; especially erudite or sophisticated; appealing or suited to highbrows. The film is by no means highbrowed, but it has an intelligent enough story and some compelling characters. After two degrees in literature, Stanley insists on reading only highbrowed books.
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highbrow

1. n. an intellectual person; a person with refined tastes. (see also longhair.) The highbrows usually congregate in there.
2. mod. having to do with an intellectual or a person with refined tastes. Pete is sort of highbrow, but he’s an okay guy.
References in classic literature ?
I'm willing to be your financial manager, Tom Swift, but please don't ask me to be a high-brow.
Boris and his siblings were encouraged as children to discuss high-brow subjects, and his father Stanley says the earliest ambition of the young Boris was to be 'world king'.
The astonishing past of Mr Skidmore, 36 - a public school, high-brow historian who has written books on the royals - emerged after we obtained a four-track demo CD by his group Bob Nylon and the Elastic Band.
The couple and their five children made aliya in 2012, with Nissim recording a string of albums that featured his high-brow conversational stylethink Talib Kweliwith his obvious passion for his religion.
He should be treated for what he is - a self-styled high-brow version of rent-a-gob Katie Hopkins.
Audiences for this latest creation can expect the company's unique mash-up of the high-brow with the low, as they attempt to answer the question "What makes us laugh?
One high-brow reviewer even wrote: "It's as close to literature as Whiskas cat food is to gastronomy.
This 'intellectual biography' discusses Priestley's role in creating a 'radical Englishness' based on popular culture rather than high-brow intellectualism or 'culture'.
Such is the high-brow literary debate in my office that we came up with our own tribute, sharing our "Dickensian names".
Best of the Culture Show 2010 (BBC Two, Thursday, 7pm) IF like me you've forgone all culture for the past 12 months for the sake of X Factor, Big Brother and I'm A Celeb, then this comprehensive one-hour round-up of all things high-brow should still enable you to pass yourself off as sophisticated at parties.
Dubai There may be an assumption that people who have successfully completed academic studies and gained a PhD have developed a highly sophisticated character and a high-brow attitude to mundane pleasures.
Still, in modern time, where anything that doesn't have Jordan putting cockroaches down her bikini is considered a bit high-brow, you shouldn't worry about that too much.
2 What was the name of the high-brow music quiz presented by Joseph Cooper from 1967 to 1984?
2]) and no amount of high-brow scholarly type wording or politicking is going to change it.
Movie stars, music stars, television series, all the glitz and hype and fads that tempt and amuse are to be found in this 4-volume reference, alongside high-brow amusements like poetry, literature, art and architecture, and the everyday essentials like food, clothing, housing, and recreation.