\ 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

Examples of snark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The title character, voiced with smoky bummer snark by Will Arnett, is a family sitcom star gone to alcoholic seed. Darren Franich,, "The best TV shows of the decade," 5 Dec. 2019 All along, host Michelle Buteau sasses and snarks for those of us at home. Adam Carlson,, "What to Know About Netflix's The Circle: 'A Sassy Big Brother' with a 'Dollop of Catfish'," 1 Jan. 2020 But Garland’s life was more complicated than political snark, and a bio-pic must provide that complexity. Armond White, National Review, "Renée Zellweger’s Bio-Pic Judy Is Compassionate and Honest," 27 Sep. 2019 There's no snark, no alternating current of irony to undermine the earnestness of the plea. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, "CRITICAL MASS: Thanksgiving is a complicated celebration. Even so, we’re lucky to be here," 24 Nov. 2019 But their run-heavy offense ground to a halt, and Jackson’s disappointing passing performance made him an offseason target for snark and difficult questions. Jonas Shaffer,, "In another historic performance, Lamar Jackson fuses old and new to power Ravens’ 23-17 win vs. Cardinals," 16 Sep. 2019 Her mystic debate closing was only more fodder for online snark and late-night comedy. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid," 5 July 2019 The White House, for its part, responded to criticism of Ivanka’s participation with its trademark victimhood snark. Washington Post, "Here’s why Ivanka Trump’s role at the G-20 summit was so unsettling. And it wasn’t just about nepotism.," 3 July 2019 Bennett wisely trades in snark for sincerity for Never Surrender—although there are plenty of laughs and slyly subversive edits to keep the tone from ever becoming saccharine. Ars Technica, "Never Surrender is a heartfelt tribute to sci-fi action comedy Galaxy Quest," 30 Nov. 2019

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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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“Snark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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