Noun sense “snide remark” as back-formation from snarky (1906), from obsolete snark (“to snore, snort”, verb) (1866), from Middle English snarken (“to snore”). Compare Low German snarken, North Frisian snarke, Swedish snarka, and English snort, and snore.
- Snide remarks.
- Synonym: sarcasm
- To express oneself in a snarky fashion.
- 2009 January 23, Dwight Garner, “The Mahvelous and the Damned”, in New York Times:
- Other would-be Bright Young People, Lytton Strachey snarked, seemed to have “just a few feathers where brains should be.”
- 2018, Jesse Rath as Querl Dox, “Fallout”, in Supergirl, season 4, episode 2, written by Maria Maggenti, Daniel Beaty:
- Ah! That was "snark". You snark when your blood sugar is low. I know how to help you. Pizza. Humans seem to find calm in the consumption of food.
- (obsolete) To snort.
From Snark, coined by Lewis Carroll as a nonce word in The Hunting of the Snark (1874), about the quest for an elusive creature. In sense of “a type of mathematical graph”, named as such in 1976 by Martin Gardner for their elusiveness.
snark (plural snarks)
- (mathematics) A graph in which every node has three branches, and the edges cannot be coloured in fewer than four colours without two edges of the same colour meeting at a point.
- (physics) A fluke or unrepeatable result or detection in an experiment.
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snark n (genitive singular snarks, no plural)
- crackle (of a fire)
- snarka (“to crackle”)
snark m (nominative & accusative definite singular snarken)