snark

1
[ snahrk ]
/ snɑrk /
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noun

a mysterious, imaginary animal.

Origin of snark

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First recorded in 1876; coined by Lewis Carroll in his poem The Hunting of the Snark

Definition for snark (2 of 2)

snark

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[ snahrk ]
/ snɑrk /
Slang.

verb (used without object)

to be critical in a rude or sarcastic way: to snark about the neighbors.

noun

rude or sarcastic criticism.

Origin of snark

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1910–15; dial. snark ‘to nag, find fault with’; apparently identical with snark, snork ‘to snort, snore’, probably < Dutch, Low German snorken ‘to snore’
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snark


n.

imaginary animal, coined 1876 by Lewis Carroll in "The Hunting of the Snark." In 1950s, name of a type of U.S. cruise missile and in 1980s of a type of sailboat. Meaning "caustic, opinionated, critical rhetoric" is from c.2002 (see snarky) and not directly related, if at all.

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