snark + -y; 1906, as “irritable”, from snark (“to snort”), by onomatopoeia (1866). Compare Low German snarken (“to snore”), North Frisian snarke, Swedish snarka. In the sense “sarcastic” popularized in the late 1990s.
- (informal) Snide and sarcastic; usually out of irritation, often humorously.
- (obsolete) Irritable, irritated.
- Synonym: cranky
sarcastic and irreverent