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Blend of snort +‎ scarf?


  • IPA(key): /snɑː(ɹ)f/
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snarf (third-person singular simple present snarfs, present participle snarfing, simple past and past participle snarfed)

  1. (transitive, slang) To eat or consume greedily.
    He snarfed a whole bag of chips in a couple of minutes!
    • 1999, Marya Hornbacker, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, page 239:
      Freed from the usual inhibitions, we get home and I snarf down pasta salad right out of the Tupperware container []
    • 2000, Nancy Woodruff, Someone Else's Child, page 40:
      "I'm not going to sit there while you two watch me snarf a whole pie by myself."
    • 2003, Allen D. Berrien, Powerboat Care and Repair: How to Keep Your Outboard, Sterndrive, Or Gas-Inboard Boat Alive and Well, page 41:
      The old 40-horse models used to snarf up more fuel than today's 90-horse models.
  2. (transitive, slang) To take something by dubious means, but without the connotations of stealing; to take something without regard to etiquette.
    I snarfed a bunch of freebies from the vendor's booth when he wasn't looking.
  3. (transitive, slang, computing) To slurp (computing slang sense); to load in entirely; to copy as a whole.
    I snarfed the whole database into my program.
  4. (transitive, slang, computing, by extension) To fetch (in general).
    • 1995, Tom Shanley, Don Anderson, ISA System Architecture, page 296:
      Either write-through or write-back policy caches may snarf the data that the bus master is writing to memory.
    • 1996, Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, page 399: addition, the embedding enables the designer to snarf features from the underlying language []
    • 2001: Brad A. Myers, Choon Hong Peck, Jeffrey Nicols, Dave Kong, and Robert Miller, Interacting at a Distance Using Semantic Snarfing, in Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Ubiquitous Computing, pages 305-314.
      Other future applications of the semantic snarfing idea might include classrooms, where students might snarf interesting pieces of content from the instructor's presentation; []