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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
1860-65; < Romany 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 narks
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  • I may as well say at once that these three men were "narks."

    Beggars W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • Most deputies in lodging-houses were in the first place "narks."

    Beggars W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • A man cannot be a very long time on the road before he understands the meaning of the word "narks."

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

narc

/nɑːk/
noun
1.
(US, slang) a narcotics agent

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
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Word Origin and History for narks

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.).

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.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for narks

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)

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'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for narks

narc

narcotics agent
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