nark

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Romani nak.

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Noun[edit]

nark (plural narks)

  1. (UK, slang) A police spy or informer.
    • 1912, George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion, Act I,
      It’s a—well, it’s a copper’s nark, as you might say. What else would you call it? A sort of informer.

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Verb[edit]

nark (third-person singular simple present narks, present participle narking, simple past and past participle narked)

  1. (intransitive, slang) To serve or behave as a spy or informer.
  2. (transitive, slang) To annoy or irritate.
    It really narks me when people smoke in restaurants.
  3. (intransitive, slang) To complain.
    He narks in my ear all day, moaning about his problems.
  4. (transitive, slang, often imperative) To stop.
    Nark it! I hear someone coming!
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Etymology 2[edit]

See narc

Noun[edit]

nark (plural narks)

  1. Alternative form of narc (narcotics officer).

References[edit]

  • nark” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.

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