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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Contemporary Examples of snarky

Historical Examples of snarky

  • I say, Luke leant forward confidentially across the rickety green tin table, you know how snarky Pater was about him?

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

British Dictionary definitions for snarky


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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