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adjective, snark·i·er, snark·i·est.
  1. testy or irritable; short.
  2. having a rudely critical tone or manner: snarky humor.
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Origin of snarky

Related formssnark·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for snarkiness


adjective snarkier or snarkiest
  1. informal unpleasant and scornful
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Word Origin for snarky

C20: from sarcastic + nasty
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Word Origin and History for snarkiness



"irritable, short-tempered," 1906, from snark (v.) "to find fault with, nag" (1882), literally "to snort" (1866), from an imitative source akin to Low German snarken, North Frisian snarke, Swedish snarka; and cf. snarl (v.2), sneer (v.). Related: Snarkily; snarkiness.

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