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  1. British Slang. a stool pigeon or informer.
  2. Australian Slang. an annoying person.
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verb (used without object)
  1. British Slang. to act as a police informer or stool pigeon.
  2. Australian Slang. to become annoyed.
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Origin of nark1

First recorded in 1860–65, nark is from the Romany word nāk nose
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British Dictionary definitions for narked


  1. British, Australian and NZ an informer or spy, esp one working for the police (copper's nark)
  2. British a person who complains irritatinglyan old nark
  3. Australian and NZ a spoilsport
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  1. British, Australian and NZ to annoy, upset, or irritatehe was narked by her indifference
  2. (intr) British, Australian and NZ to inform or spy, esp for the police
  3. (intr) British to complain irritatingly
  4. nark at someone NZ to nag someone
  5. nark it British stop it!
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Word Origin

C19: probably from Romany nāk nose
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Word Origin and History for narked


1859, "to act as a police informer" (v.); 1860, "police informer" (n.), probably from Romany nak "nose," from Hindi nak, from Sanskrit nakra, which probably is related to Sanskrit nasa "nose" (see nose (n.)). Sense and spelling tending to merge with etymologically unrelated narc (q.v.).

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