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snark1

[snahrk] /snɑrk/
noun
1.
a mysterious, imaginary animal.
Origin
1876
1876; coined by Lewis Carroll in his poem The Hunting of the Snark

snark2

[snahrk] /snɑrk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be critical in a rude or sarcastic way:
to snark about the neighbors.
noun
2.
rude or sarcastic criticism.
Origin
1910-15; dial. snark ‘to nag, find fault with’; apparently identical with snark, snork ‘to snort, snore’, probably < Dutch, Low German snorken ‘to snore’
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Word Origin and History for snarks

snark

n.

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.

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