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[snahr-kee] /ˈsnɑr ki/ Slang.
adjective, snarkier, snarkiest.
testy or irritable; short.
having a rudely critical tone or manner:
snarky humor.
Origin of snarky
snark2 + -y1
Related forms
snarkiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for snarky
  • While obviously true that there were bison etc before, you jump to too many snarky conclusions.
  • Oh please, you insult everyone's intelligence by responding with snarky one-liners.
  • He includes behind the scenes information and plenty of snarky commentary.
  • She gets lots of slams on various snarky gossip sites for her looks.
  • No to be too snarky, but you can send whatever money you want to your favorite stem cell researches at any moment.
  • Not to be too snarky, but there's no specific time frame in the question.
  • The one snarky comment in an otherwise positive letter could actually be a subtle way of sabotaging the student.
  • Prejudice does, though, and snarky labels can be quite successful in a world where infotainment trumps reality.
  • But it's only dented in so far as the snarky, often theatrical nature of academic discourse is taken seriously by non-academics.
  • snarky comments are honestly unnecessary and add nothing to the discussion at hand.
British Dictionary definitions for snarky


adjective snarkier, snarkiest
(informal) unpleasant and scornful
Word Origin
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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Slang definitions & phrases for snarky



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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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