[ snahr-kee ]
/ ˈsnɑr ki /

adjective, snark·i·er, snark·i·est.

testy or irritable; short.
having a rudely critical tone or manner: snarky humor.

Origin of snarky

Related formssnark·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snarky


/ (ˈsnɒːkɪ) /

adjective snarkier or snarkiest

informal unpleasant and scornful

Word Origin for snarky

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



"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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