snarf

verb
\ ˈsnärf How to pronounce snarf (audio) \
snarfed; snarfing; snarfs

Definition of snarf

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 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 About 16% of the kids held out for just 30 seconds or less before snarfing the treat, and about 38% held out for 10 minutes. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, 26 June 2018 Under the hood is the same fuel-snarfing 381-horsepower V-8 engine. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, 19 Mar. 2018 Right now, his customers tend to snarf their pizza while standing at his counter or take pies to go, risking major laundry issues or worse. Michael Klein, Philly.com, 30 Mar. 2018 For the past couple of weeks, Burger Battle judges have been snarfing their way through round one, trying out a collective 32 burgers across Tarrant, Johnson and Parker counties. star-telegram, 14 Sep. 2017 Had a great time there, drinking a few of the 100-plus beers on tap and snarfing down an excellent sausage. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, 28 July 2017 Rank-and-file members of the CIA and the NSA morphed in the popular imagination from metadata-snarfing desk jockeys to brave sleeper agents of the Deep State, bent on sinking the president’s leaky ship. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of snarf

circa 1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snarf

perhaps blend of snack entry 2 and scarf entry 3

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The first known use of snarf was circa 1963

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Last Updated

2 Jul 2021

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“Snarf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snarf. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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