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[snahrk] /snɑrk/
a mysterious, imaginary animal.
Origin of snark1
1876; coined by Lewis Carroll in his poem The Hunting of the Snark


[snahrk] /snɑrk/ Slang.
verb (used without object)
to be critical in a rude or sarcastic way:
to snark about the neighbors.
rude or sarcastic criticism.
1910-15; dial. snark ‘to nag, find fault with’; apparently identical with snark, snork ‘to snort, snore’, probably < Dutch, Low German snorken ‘to snore’ Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • And every squall was to be regarded as a bludgeon capable of crushing the snark.

  • It's excessively awkward to mention it now,With the snark, so to speak, at the door!

  • Captain Bricker, in charge of the squad, strode to the snark and called loudly: “Ahoy, there!”

    Signal in the Dark Mildred A. Wirt
  • So the trip was decided upon, and the building of the snark began.

  • We on the snark likewise arose, for there could be no sleep in that mad din of conches.

Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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snark in Technology

[Lewis Carroll, via the Michigan Terminal System] 1. A system failure. When a user's process bombed, the operator would get the message "Help, Help, Snark in MTS!"
2. More generally, any kind of unexplained or threatening event on a computer (especially if it might be a boojum). Often used to refer to an event or a log file entry that might indicate an attempted security violation. See snivitz.
3. UUCP name of, home site of the Hacker Jargon File versions 2.*.*.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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