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[snahr-kee] /ˈsnɑr ki/ Slang.
adjective, snarkier, snarkiest.
testy or irritable; short.
having a rudely critical tone or manner:
snarky humor.
Origin of snarky
snark2 + -y1
Related forms
snarkiness, noun Unabridged
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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


adjective snarkier, snarkiest
(informal) unpleasant and scornful
Word Origin
C20: from sarcastic + nasty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snarky

"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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Slang definitions & phrases for snarky



Irritable; touchy: She's just in a snarky mood, that's all/ a snarky, no-illusions, but far-from-hopeless comedy

[1906+; fr British dialect snark, ''to find fault, complain,'' fr the basic sense ''snort, snore''; of echoic origin, with cognates in many Germanic languages]

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