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Etymology 1Edit

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Compare Low German snarken, North Frisian snarke, Swedish snarka,[1] and English snort, and snore. Noun sense of “snide remarks” derived from snarky (1906), from snark (v.) "to snort" (1866), from Middle English snarken. Word Origin: early 20th cent.: from dialect verb snark ‘snore, snort’, ‘find fault’.


snark (uncountable)

  1. Snide remarks.
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snark (third-person singular simple present snarks, present participle snarking, simple past and past participle snarked)

  1. To express oneself in a snarky fashion
    • 2009, January 23, “Dwight Garner”, in The Mahvelous and the Damned[1]:
      Other would-be Bright Young People, Lytton Strachey snarked, seemed to have “just a few feathers where brains should be.”
  2. (obsolete) To snort.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Snark. Coined by Lewis Carroll as a nonce word in 1874 The Hunting of the Snark, 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.[2]


snark (plural snarks)

  1. (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.
  2. (physics) A fluke or unrepeatable result or detection in an experiment.
    Cabrera's Valentine's Day monopole detection or some extremely energetic cosmic rays could be examples of snarks.


  1. ^ snarky” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.
  2. ^ Martin Gardner, Mathematical Games, Scientific American, issue 234, volume 4, pp. 126–130, 1976.





snark n (genitive singular snarks, no plural)

  1. crackle (of a fire)


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