- 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
Related Words for narksannouncer, sleuth, reporter, agent, spy, informer, prosecutor, blabbermouth, double-crosser, turncoat, sneak, squealer, source, fink, stoolie, betrayer, tattler, tattletale, informant, rat
Examples from the Web for narks
Historical Examples of narks
I may as well say at once that these three men were "narks."
Most deputies in lodging-houses were in the first place "narks."
A man cannot be a very long time on the road before he understands the meaning of the word "narks."
- US slang a narcotics agent
- 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
Word Origin and History for narks
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.).