\ˈsnärk \

Definition of snark 


: 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

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Goldberg, to his credit, has toned down the partisan snark of his previous books. Park Macdougald, Daily Intelligencer, "The Idea-Free Book That Has the Right Excited About Ideas," 1 June 2018 Since its formation in Idaho in 1993, Built To Spill has embraced the most robust elements of classic rock while incorporating the slacker sensibility, righteous absurdism and healthy snark of indie-rock to create an innovative new sound. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Break out your flannel: Built to Spill will thrill at Middle of the Map Fest," 28 June 2018 The remark was probably more lighthearted snark than dystopic soothsaying — although, fair enough, technology today has its down sides. Cate Mcquaid,, "Nam June Paik turned technology into art — and vice versa," 11 July 2018 The sheriff's office's Facebook post snark was rewarded with several congratulatory comments and nearly 150 post shares within the first two hours. Tiffini Theisen,, "Sheriff's office mocks alleged Florida thief for locking keys in getaway car," 5 July 2018 The reaction among fans has been mixed, with the El Moussas upping the on-screen snark after their separation, but the ratings remain strong. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Flip or Flop' Star Christina El Moussa Lands Solo HGTV Spinoff," 27 June 2018 But if Scalia’s defining trait was snark, Gorsuch’s might be smarm. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, "How Neil Gorsuch Became the Second-Most-Polarizing Man in Washington," 28 May 2018 News Friday of Leonard seeking a trade from the Spurs sent shock waves and snark across social media, both far and especially near in San Antonio. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Not all Spurs fans are angry at Kawhi Leonard for possibly wanting out from the Spurs," 16 June 2018 Including a couple of fast-food burger chains known for their social-media snark. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "IHOP becomes IHOb, gets pancaked on social media," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of snark

1999, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snark

back-formation from snarky

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to reject or criticize sharply

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