Used colloquially as a noun or adjective, "highbrow" is synonymous with intellectual; as an adjective, it also means elite, and generally carries a connotation of high culture. The word draws its metonymy from the pseudoscience of phrenology, and was originally simply a physical descriptor.
Highbrow may refer to:
- Highbrow (noun/adjective)
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
highbrow \high"brow`\ n. a person of intellectual or erudite tastes; an intellectual.
highbrow \highbrow\ highbrowed \highbrowed\adj. highly cultured or educated; pertaining to highly educated people; as, highbrow events such as the ballet or opera.
adj. highly cultured or educated; "highbrow events such as the ballet or opera"; "a highbrowed literary critic" [syn: highbrowed]
n. a person of intellectual or erudite tastes
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
a. (context US colloquial English) intellectually stimulating, highly cultured. n. A cultured or learned person or thing.
Usage examples of "highbrow".
However, all tastes had to be catered for, so one small venue was reserved for highbrow drama by Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides.
Both Blimps and highbrows took for granted, as though it were a law of nature, the divorce between patriotism and intelligence.
All the stuff about Fascist atrocities, denunciations of Chamberlain, etc., which it had been completely impossible to get away from in any highbrow magazine in peace time, suddenly came to an end, and far more fuss has been made among the left-wing intelligentsia about the internment of German refugees than about anything done by the enemy.
There are many kinds of writers: the highbrows, the packagers, the high fantasists, the low fantasists, the horror writers, the hard sf writers, the soft sf writers, the feminists, the series writers, the producers of movie and TV tie-ins, the sharecroppers.
But highbrows like Stinky will be going back to Mars for a century to fill in what I never learned.
No more discussions of art with an arrogant, highbrowed snob who could not resist falling into full lecture mode at the drop of a museum catalog.
I'believe you agreed with me at the time and later went on to imply that you thought I was an arrogant, condescending, highbrowed snob.
He was highbrowed and handsome, with a thin wisp of beard and a tiny moustache.
The highbrowed music critics sat rapt in their places of honor at the head table.
To put it in highbrow for you: mass voyeurism is a typical consequence of the cybernetic revolution, and you aren't going to curb it by invoking prerevolution methods.