\ ˈnärk How to pronounce narc (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of narc

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person (such as a government agent) who investigates narcotics violations
variants: or narco-

Definition of narc- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 [ Greek narkē ] : deep sleep narcolepsy
2 [ narcotic ] : illegal narcotics narco-terrorism

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All staffed by unattractive people in their late twenties, professional narcs with bad skin and waterproof sandals. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019 El Diario reports that fans have downloaded that app more than 10 million times, essentially turning them into undercover narcs. Dami Lee, The Verge, "LaLiga’s app listened in on fans to catch bars illegally streaming soccer," 12 June 2019 Remember to act surprised when a piece of turquoise comes shooting out of your airway, in case this Good Samaritan is also a narc. Sarah Lazarus, The New Yorker, "Healing Crystals and How to Shoplift Them," 8 June 2019 What’s key to remember about this policy, a Facebook spokesperson tells The Verge, is that Groups and Pages should be spared from censorship, so long as there aren’t narcs in the group. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "No, Facebook’s updated sex policy doesn’t prohibit discussing your sexual orientation," 6 Dec. 2018 Paramount Pictures Jared Cowan The scene in question involved the weed van driving down a road while being followed by Sergeant Stedenko (Stacy Keach) and his team of bumbling narcs. Jared Cowan, Los Angeles Magazine, "Revisiting the L.A. Locations from Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke 40 Years Later," 18 Apr. 2018 Or maybe someone swapped him out for a narc that knows exactly what all the hep cats are up to and definitely isn't here to bust anyone. Jonathan Evans, Esquire, "Tom Brady Has Been Replaced by an Automaton With Severe Fashion Sense," 4 Feb. 2018 My dismay that she’s turned into a narc is more than outweighed by my admiration of the site’s ability to get the community to keep itself clean. Chris Baker, WIRED, "Ten Tips for Gamerdads," 20 Nov. 2006

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First Known Use of narc


1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for narc


short for narcotics agent

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English Language Learners Definition of narc

US, informal : a person (such as a government agent) who tries to catch criminals who buy and sell illegal drugs

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