Origin of superciliousClassical Latin superciliosus from supercilium, eyebrow, hence (with reference to facial expression with raised brows) haughtiness from super-, above + cilium, eyelid (see cilia)
The definition of supercilious is someone who feels or acts like they are better than everyone else.
An example of supercilious is a person saying nothing on the menu of a nice restaurant is good enough for them.
Feeling or showing haughty disdain. See Synonyms at arrogant.
Origin of superciliousLatin superciliōsus from supercilium eyebrow, pride super- super- cilium lower eyelid ; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more supercilious, superlative most supercilious)
- It is better to be humble and succeed than to be supercilious and fail.
- The supercilious student couldn't help but to brag about the high score he received on his test.
- The young man was much less arrogant and supercilious after serving people in need for a week.
- The supercilious man boasted about his salary, knowing that he was much wealthier than those around him.
- Even the woman's voice was unpleasant and supercilious, making her very unattractive to Jon. He liked people who were down to earth.