snarfed; snarfing; snarfs

transitive verb

: to eat (something) quickly or greedily : scoff entry 3
snarfed down some pizza
… class-action lawyers who gobbled up Monday's ruling like Iditarod [Trail Sled Dog Race] dogs snarfing kibble.Steven Levy
In locker rooms all over Florida and Arizona, the ersatz baseball players are snarfing up the free food as if there were no tomorrow.George Vecsey
More workers snarf down lunch at their desks instead of at restaurants or the employee cafeteria, according to a survey from KFC, the fast-food chain.The Wall Street Journal

Examples of snarf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chrome is slow, a memory hog, and has been known to snarf up users’ private search data for the company’s purposes. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2023 In one colorful scene, Mr. Cohen, played by Vincent D’Onofrio, sits in a mansion snarfing a club sandwich and snorting with laughter on the phone with Mr. Plotkin, played by Seth Rogen. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2023 Squirrels snarf hard taco shells, and abscond with Nutella jars; subway rats chow down on pizza, while seagulls have ripped fries and even a KFC wrap straight out of human mouths. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 21 Feb. 2023 Ed Yong has written a great post on a new paper on how blue whales snarf up half a million calories in every gulp. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2010 What Amazon does know about is how to snarf up personal data from its customers and exploit it for profit. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2022 Every feeding day, these animals can snarf down 5 to 30 percent of their already titanic body weight. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 3 Nov. 2021 Not relying on water means that a moray eel foraging on land can snarf down dinner without needing to call off the hunt by returning to the water. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2021 Friday’s numbers blew last year’s second Friday away with 209,789 turning out to snarf cheese curds and ride The Giant Slide. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, 31 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History


perhaps blend of snack entry 2 and scarf entry 3

First Known Use

circa 1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snarf was circa 1963

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Cite this Entry

“Snarf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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