nark

1
[ nahrk ]
/ nɑrk /

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

1
First recorded in 1860–65, nark is from the Romany word nāk nose

Definition for narks (2 of 3)

nark2
[ nahrk ]
/ nɑrk /

noun

Definition for narks (3 of 3)

narc

or nark

[ nahrk ]
/ nɑrk /

noun Slang.

a government agent or detective charged with the enforcement of laws restricting the use of narcotics.

Origin of narc

1965–70, Americanism; shortening of narcotic
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Example sentences from the Web for narks

  • A man cannot be a very long time on the road before he understands the meaning of the word "narks."

    Beggars|W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • I may as well say at once that these three men were "narks."

    Beggars|W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • Most deputies in lodging-houses were in the first place "narks."

    Beggars|W. H. (William Henry) Davies

British Dictionary definitions for narks (1 of 2)

narc
/ (nɑːk) /

noun

US slang a narcotics agent

British Dictionary definitions for narks (2 of 2)

nark
/ (nɑːk) slang /

noun

verb

Word Origin for nark

C19: probably from Romany nāk nose
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