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snarky

[snahr-kee]Slang.
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adjective, snark·i·er, snark·i·est.
  1. testy or irritable; short.
  2. having a rudely critical tone or manner: snarky humor.
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Origin of snarky

Related formssnark·i·ness, noun
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  • I say, Luke leant forward confidentially across the rickety green tin table, you know how snarky Pater was about him?

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern


British Dictionary definitions for snarky

snarky

adjective snarkier or snarkiest
  1. informal unpleasant and scornful
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Word Origin

C20: from sarcastic + nasty
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Word Origin and History for snarky

adj.

"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 cf. snarl (v.2), sneer (v.). Related: Snarkily; snarkiness.

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