snark + -y; 1906, as “irritable”, from 1866 snark (“to snort”), by onomatopoeia. Compare Low German snarken, North Frisian snarke, Swedish snarka.
snarky (comparative snarkier, superlative snarkiest)
- (informal) Snide and sarcastic; usually out of irritation, often humorously.
- ^ “snarky” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).