- British Slang. a stool pigeon or informer.
- Australian Slang. an annoying person.
- British Slang. to act as a police informer or stool pigeon.
- Australian Slang. to become annoyed.
Origin of nark1
- a government agent or detective charged with the enforcement of laws restricting the use of narcotics.
Origin of narc
Examples from the Web for nark
The searchlight from the Nark was playing full upon the scene.
A hail came from Jackson, second in command of the Nark, at once.
It was the sole commandment that ran there:—'Thou shalt not nark.'A Child of the Jago
"Nark (p. 091) the doin's, nark it," he cried and fired his rifle.The Red Horizon
He resolved to depart from his evil ways and to become a nark—a copper's nark—which is a police spy, or informer.Tales of Mean Streets
- British, Australian and NZ an informer or spy, esp one working for the police (copper's nark)
- British a person who complains irritatinglyan old nark
- Australian and NZ a spoilsport
- British, Australian and NZ to annoy, upset, or irritatehe was narked by her indifference
- (intr) British, Australian and NZ to inform or spy, esp for the police
- (intr) British to complain irritatingly
- nark at someone NZ to nag someone
- nark it British stop it!
- US slang a narcotics agent
Word Origin and History for nark
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.).