\ ˈsnärk How to pronounce snark (audio) \

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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On other social networks, when professional and elite athletes post a workout, their comments can become overrun by snark, trolls, and insults, says clinical sports psychologist (and Strava user) Kristin Keim, drawing on her clients’ experiences. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "The Coach That Meets You in Your Inbox," 24 June 2019 The new Child’s Play fits in nicely with this camp, employing the same level of snark and post 9/11 mean-spiritedness. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Child's Play' Builds on the Legacy of Horror Remakes," 23 June 2019 And follow us on Twitter at @freep for the latest Detroit news, views and occasional snark. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Boston sports failed to win a championship this week. So we roasted them.," 13 June 2019 The one that shines the brightest is its snark on AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7 3750H chips. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel challenges AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs to take the Core i9-9900K's real-world gaming crown," 10 June 2019 Her name was rarely printed without adjectives and snark attached. Christopher Borrelli,, "Reagan used her, the country hated her. Decades later, the Welfare Queen of Chicago refuses to go away," 7 June 2019 Genuine, unwavering affection, unsullied by snark, unblemished by anger. Heidi Stevens,, "Why Melissa McCarthy's 'Life of the Party' could spark a quiet revolution," 24 May 2018 Carrell’s Bezos snarks, at one point walking in front of an image of Super Mario Bros.’s Toad — a reference to what Stormy Daniels said earlier this year about Trump’s genitalia. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "SNL explains Jeff Bezos and Amazon’s HQ2 strategy: trolling President Trump," 18 Nov. 2018 There’s a ton of colorful fashion—and equally colorful laugh-out-loud off-the-cuff snark from Awkwafina and Santos. Andrea Cheng, Glamour, "The Best Part of the Crazy Rich Asians Fashion Is the Revival of the Getting-Dressed Montage," 17 Aug. 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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