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/ah-tahs, ɑ??tɑs/a. [Mal., position over or above (Wilkinson); above in height, on (land, ship, bank, mound), over (people) ]  1 Arrogant, snobbish.  2 High-brow, sophisticated.
1 2003Colin GohThe Sunday Times, 12 October, L18 I’m a supporter of good English (if only to thumb a nose atatas Westerners and bananas).  2003Colin GohThe Sunday Times (LifeStyle), 23 November, L18 Why you so atas, see me no up?  2004Colin Goh The Sunday Times (LifeStyle), 22 August, L14 ‘Wah lau, you’re such an atas wanker,’ snorted the Wife in disbelief.  2005 Tor Ching Li (quoting Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong) Weekend Today, 14–15 May, 10 When you speak (Chinese with) good hanyu pinyin pronunciation, nobody thinks you are being sikit atas (Malay for snobbish). It’s okay. But, when you speak good English then people think .. maybe you don’t fit in. So, you water down and try to fit in your English and be friends with people.  2007Paul Jacob The Straits Times (from Straits Times Interactive), 10 November. Since when did S’poreans become so ‘atas’? [title] .. Since when did some of us become so ‘atas’, so superior, that we can no longer be tolerant and accommodating of those who are helping do the labour that will make this place grow, become more vibrant and attractive.  2 2006Jeanine Tan (quotingKumar)Today, 4 January, 33 I love the limelight. I want to be Oprah Winfrey, but the lonely, poor version. I want to go atas (Malay for high-brow).  attap chee /ah-tahp chee, ?ɑtɑp? t?i?/n. [Mal. attap the trunkless palm Nypa fruticans + Hk. choó a son, a child (Medhurst); Mand. seed (Chi.–Eng. Dict.)][2006 William Gwee Thian HockA Baba Malay Dictionary 29 atap chi [籽] palm fruit]The fruit of the trunkless palm Nypa fruticans which is small, oval-shaped, whitish and chewy. It is usu. preserved in a heavy sugar syrup and eaten in desserts such as Ice Kacang.
2008
The Straits Times (Saturday), 22 November, D11 The Nipah Palm.. is the only true mangrove palm in Singapore. The attap chee commonly found in chendol desserts are nipah palm seeds preserved in heavy syrup.