nark

nark

1 [nahrk]
noun
1.
British Slang. a stool pigeon or informer.
2.
Australian Slang. an annoying person.
verb (used without object)
3.
British Slang. to act as a police informer or stool pigeon.
4.
Australian Slang. to become annoyed.

Origin:
1860–65; < Romany nāk nose

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nark

2 [nahrk]
noun
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nark (nɑːk)
 
n
1.  (Brit), (Austral), (NZ) an informer or spy, esp one working for the police (copper's nark)
2.  (Brit) a person who complains irritatingly: an old nark
3.  (Austral), (NZ) a spoilsport
 
vb
4.  (Brit), (Austral), (NZ) to annoy, upset, or irritate: he was narked by her indifference
5.  (Brit), (Austral), (NZ) (intr) to inform or spy, esp for the police
6.  (Brit) (intr) to complain irritatingly
7.  (NZ) nark at someone to nag someone
8.  (Brit) nark it stop it!
 
[C19: probably from Romany nāk nose]

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nark
1859, "to act as a police informer" (v.); 1860, "police informer" (n.), probably from Romany nak "nose," from Hindi nak, from Skt. nakra, which probably is related to Skt. nasa "nose" (see nose). Sense and spelling tending to merge with unrelated narc (q.v.).
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