or nark


noun Slang.

a government agent or detective charged with the enforcement of laws restricting the use of narcotics.

Origin of narc

1965–70, Americanism; shortening of narcotic


variant of narco- before a vowel: narcoma. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for narc



US slang a narcotics agent
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Word Origin and History for narc

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.).

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