- 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
First recorded in 1860–65, nark is from the Romany word nāk nose
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- 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!
Word Origin for nark
C19: probably from Romany nāk nose
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