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nark

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[ nahrk ]
/ nɑrk /
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noun
British Slang. a stool pigeon or informer.
Australian Slang. an annoying person.
verb (used without object)
British Slang. to act as a police informer or stool pigeon.
Australian Slang. to become annoyed.
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Origin of nark

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First recorded in 1860–65; from Romani word nāk, nak, nok “nose”; akin to Sanskrit nāsā “nose”; the r is unexplained; see origin at nose

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nark2
[ nahrk ]
/ nɑrk /

noun, verb Slang.
a variant of narc.

Origin of nark

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First recorded in 1875–80; of uncertain origin, perhaps from Romani nakh “nose,” later conflated with narc
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British Dictionary definitions for nark

nark
/ (nɑːk) slang /

noun
verb

Word Origin for nark

C19: probably from Romany nāk nose
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