Not a gentleman; one who arrogates to himself merits which he
does not deserve. Thackeray calls George IV. a snob, because he assumed
to be “the greatest gentleman in Europe,” but had not the genuine stamp
of a gentleman's mind. (S privative and nob.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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