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snark1

[snahrk] /snɑrk/
noun
1.
a mysterious, imaginary animal.
Origin of snark1
1876
First recorded in 1876; coined by Lewis Carroll in his poem The Hunting of the Snark

snark2

[snahrk] /snɑrk/ Slang.
verb (used without object)
1.
to be critical in a rude or sarcastic way:
to snark about the neighbors.
noun
2.
rude or sarcastic criticism.
Origin
1910-15; dial. snark ‘to nag, find fault with’; apparently identical with snark, snork ‘to snort, snore’, probably < Dutch, Low German snorken ‘to snore’
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  • And every squall was to be regarded as a bludgeon capable of crushing the snark.

  • It's excessively awkward to mention it now,With the snark, so to speak, at the door!

  • Captain Bricker, in charge of the squad, strode to the snark and called loudly: “Ahoy, there!”

    Signal in the Dark Mildred A. Wirt
  • So the trip was decided upon, and the building of the snark began.

  • We on the snark likewise arose, for there could be no sleep in that mad din of conches.

Word Origin and History for snark
n.

imaginary animal, coined 1876 by Lewis Carroll in "The Hunting of the Snark." In 1950s, name of a type of U.S. cruise missile and in 1980s of a type of sailboat. Meaning "caustic, opinionated, critical rhetoric" is from c.2002 (see snarky) and not directly related, if at all.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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