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nark1

[nahrk] /nɑrk/
noun
1.
British Slang. a stool pigeon or informer.
2.
Australian Slang. an annoying person.
verb (used without object)
3.
British Slang. to act as a police informer or stool pigeon.
4.
Australian Slang. to become annoyed.
Origin of nark1
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65, nark is from the Romany word nāk nose

nark2

[nahrk] /nɑrk/
noun
1.
narc.

narc

or nark

[nahrk] /nɑrk/
noun, Slang.
1.
a government agent or detective charged with the enforcement of laws restricting the use of narcotics.
Origin
1965-70, Americanism; shortening of narcotic
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Examples from the Web for nark
Historical Examples
  • The searchlight from the nark was playing full upon the scene.

  • A hail came from Jackson, second in command of the nark, at once.

  • It was the sole commandment that ran there:—'Thou shalt not nark.'

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • "nark (p. 091) the doin's, nark it," he cried and fired his rifle.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • He resolved to depart from his evil ways and to become a nark—a copper's nark—which is a police spy, or informer.

    Tales of Mean Streets Arthur Morrison
  • nark, a person in the pay of the police; a common informer; one who gets his living by laying traps for publicans, &c.

  • That the "nark," with his mean tricks, is a nuisance to wandering beggars is seen in a very short time.

    Beggars

    W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • By the way, the sight of a pepper-box in a lodging-house kitchen is always a sure sign that the man behind it is a "nark."

    Beggars

    W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • All true wanderers hate him; even the drunken, domineering grinder is treated with civility in a house where beggars see a "nark."

    Beggars

    W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • Another "nark" was a drunken drover, who left a saucepan on the fire while he went out for a drink.

    Beggars

    W. H. (William Henry) Davies
British Dictionary definitions for nark

nark

/nɑːk/
noun
1.
(Brit & Austral, NZ) an informer or spy, esp one working for the police (copper's nark)
2.
(Brit) a person who complains irritatingly: an old nark
3.
(Austral & NZ) a spoilsport
verb
4.
(Brit & Austral, NZ) to annoy, upset, or irritate: he was narked by her indifference
5.
(intransitive) (Brit & Austral, NZ) to inform or spy, esp for the police
6.
(intransitive) (Brit) to complain irritatingly
7.
(NZ) nark at someone, to nag someone
8.
(Brit) nark it, stop it!
Word Origin
C19: probably from Romany nāk nose

narc

/nɑːk/
noun
1.
(US, slang) a narcotics agent
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Word Origin and History for nark

1859, "to act as a police informer" (v.); 1860, "police informer" (n.), probably from Romany nak "nose," from Hindi nak, from Sanskrit nakra, which probably is related to Sanskrit nasa "nose" (see nose (n.)). Sense and spelling tending to merge with etymologically unrelated narc (q.v.).

narc

n.

1967 (earlier narco, 1960), American English slang, shortened form of narcotics agent. Had been used 1955 for narcotics hospital, 1958 for narcotics addict. Sense and spelling tending to merge with older but unrelated nark (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nark

nark

noun

  1. A police informer; stool pigeon (1860+)
  2. kibitzer, buttinsky (1950s+)
  3. A decoy; shill: information about known gamblers, little bookmakers, and their narks (1960s+ Gambling)

verb

(also narc): He will nark on him if the first guy doesn't keep playing games/ felt the Fraynes and their youngsters had narced on them

[fr Romany nak, ''nose'']

narc

modifier

: down to the narco police on the beat

noun

A narcotics agent or police officer; gazer: another drug-scare hoax promulgated by the ''narcs''/ the ritual of dodging the ''narcos'' (1960s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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