- a mysterious, imaginary animal.
Origin of snark1
- to be critical in a rude or sarcastic way: to snark about the neighbors.
- rude or sarcastic criticism.
Origin of snark2
Examples from the Web for snark
Contemporary Examples of snark
But critiques and snark have no place, watching re-runs late at night.Thank You for Being a Friend: Why TV Re-runs Never Grow Old
May 10, 2014
Jimmy Fallon's uncontainable glee is a welcome respite from late night's usual smarm and snark, but that's Fallon's thing.Seth Meyers Gets Off to a Rocky Start on 'Late Night'
February 25, 2014
For such searing, challenging dreams, we have only snark or smarm.How to Fight for Freedom in 2014
December 29, 2013
That should knock the snark out of the precocious six-year old who wonders exactly how Santa knows all.How Santa Hurts Christmas
December 23, 2013
Joseph's snark was not confined to his Obama administration colleagues.Exclusive: White House Official Fired for Tweeting Under Fake Name
October 23, 2013
Historical Examples of snark
By the thirtieth time it has become a word like "snark" or "pobble."Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
"Well, I'm going to hunt up that lawyer, Snark," affirmed Drake finally.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
It's excessively awkward to mention it now,With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!The Best Nonsense Verses
Don't call him the banker; it reminds me of The Hunting of the Snark.The Twelfth Hour
As originally planned, the Snark was to be forty feet long on the water-line.The Cruise of the Snark
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.