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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"irritable, short-tempered," 1906, from snark (v.) "to find fault with, nag" (1882), literally "to snort" (1866), from an imitative source akin to Low German snarken, North Frisian snarke, Swedish snarka; and compare snarl (v.2), sneer (v.). Back-formation snark (n.) "caustic, opinionated, and critical rhetoric" is from c.2002 (compare snark (n.)). Related: Snarkily; snarkiness.


a. (context informal English) snide and sarcastic; usually out of irritation, often humorously.

Usage examples of "snarky".

He looks up to see a thousand-thousand tiny versions of Comrade Snarky sparkling in the dusty chandelier crystal.

Foresight turns away but keeps watching her own, smaller version of this reality, a movie- or television-sized version of Comrade Snarky reflected in the wide mirror behind the snack bar.

Comrade Snarky will not be the camera behind the camera behind the camera.

Comrade Snarky collapsed on the carpet in front of a tapestry sofa in the second-balcony foyer.

Comrade Snarky tucks the luggage tag in her olive-green pocket, then lifts the second suitcase and steps up into the bus.

Comrade Snarky, the Earl of Slander was writing something in a pocket notepad, his eyes flicking between her and his pen.

Comrade Snarky leans into the gray flannel sleeve of the Earl of Slander.

No smart-ass grin, no patronizing, snarky frown, but something of the real person he kept well hidden inside.

I ignored his snarky, half-heard justifications and pushed open the door.

Eyes narrowed, I ignored his snarky, half-heard justifications and pushed open the door.