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Definition of snark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an attitude or expression of mocking irreverence and sarcasm … no human endeavor is beyond snark these days, so lots of people enjoy hijacking a corporation's marketing hashtag to mock the company …— Paul McFedries


snarked; snarking; snarks

Definition of snark (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive + intransitive

: to make an irreverent or sarcastic comment : to say something snarky Are they even willing to discuss policy rather than snark about candidates' supposed personality flaws?— Paul Krugman [Chrissy] Teigen said she was in the process of privately reaching out to people she had insulted in the past. She said she first started using social media to "snark at some celebrities."— Tasneem Nashrulla Tina Fey has embodied that all-too-rare brainy/funny/sexy trifecta since she first snarked her way through Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update."Entertainment Weekly Upon gazing at the evening meal, Russell snarked: "Is this a nursery school picnic?"— Glenn Singer

Examples of snark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The standard that once held in American liberal political circles (as in Scandinavian) of safe, legal and rare abortions has been replaced by a no-fetus-can-beat-us snark. WSJ, 25 Nov. 2021 Surely there is enough snark around that it should be avoided. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2021 The early snark and savvy dubiety look silly with a couple of decades’ hindsight. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 How much will Prescott’s wit and snark shine through in mic-ed up elements? Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 That’s dangerous, to be sure, though perhaps not enough people actually did it to warrant an unusual amount of snark from a federal agency warning against interspecies self-medication. Adam Rogers, Wired, 8 Sep. 2021 Even early in expansion, Kansas drew some snark for a self-promoting tweet that seemed to double as almost a Linked In realignment application. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 21 Aug. 2021 The Tanden Twitter oeuvre is at once large and incomplete, checkered with snark. Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2021 Their responses were mainly to sigh, sputter, snark, or scream., 7 Aug. 2021

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1987, in the meaning defined above

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6 Dec 2021

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“Snark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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