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snarky

[snahr-kee] /ˈsnɑr ki/
adjective, snarkier, snarkiest.
1.
testy or irritable; short.
2.
having a rudely critical tone or manner:
snarky humor.
Origin
snark2 + -y1
Related forms
snarkiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for snarkiness

snarky

/ˈsnɒːkɪ/
adjective snarkier, snarkiest
1.
(informal) unpleasant and scornful
Word Origin
C20: from sarcastic + nasty
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Word Origin and History for snarkiness

snarky

adj.

"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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Slang definitions & phrases for snarkiness

snarky

adjective

Irritable; touchy: She's just in a snarky mood, that's all/ a snarky, no-illusions, but far-from-hopeless comedy

[1906+; fr British dialect snark, ''to find fault, complain,'' fr the basic sense ''snort, snore''; of echoic origin, with cognates in many Germanic languages]


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