\ ˈnärk How to pronounce nark (audio) \

Definition of nark

 (Entry 1 of 3)

less common spelling of

slang
: a person (such as a government agent) who investigates narcotics violations

nark

verb
narked; narking; narks

Definition of nark (Entry 3 of 3)

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Examples of nark in a Sentence

Verb during the war some of the British were narked by their American allies, who were perceived as arrogant
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As home secretary, Theresa May narked cops by lecturing them in public and cutting back on their powers to stop and search passers-by. The Economist, "Tories promise more police—having earlier cut their number," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of nark

Noun (1)

1859, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nark

Noun (1)

perhaps from Romany nak nose

Verb

origin unknown

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“Nark.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nark. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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