nark

1 of 3

noun (1)

nark

2 of 3

noun (2)

less common spelling of narc

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

nark

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verb

narked; narking; narks

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Example Sentences

Verb during the war some of the British were narked by their American allies, who were perceived as arrogant
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Noun
Camp in the Country’s Least-Visited National Park Let everyone else swarm the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, and head to Isle Royale, one of the most remote national narks in the nation, located in the middle of Lake Superior. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 22 Jan. 2020
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, 7 Nov. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

perhaps from Romani nak nose

Verb

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1859, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nark was in 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Nark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nark. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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