snark

noun
\ ˈsnärk How to pronounce snark (audio) \

Definition of snark

informal
: 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 Putting aside snark for a moment, the A’s have an owner who doesn’t care if his team wins and has a mousetrap in his wallet, the Giants have an owner who helps finance the coup of democracy, the Raiders have an owner who abducted his team. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors return to life with a win, tenacious D and weird telecast," 12 Dec. 2020 Still, the book is a chance to take stock—high highs, low lows, Trump snark and all. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Yamiche Alcindor Wants America to See Its Flaws," 4 Dec. 2020 Your response, expressing surprise without snark, is the correct one, and will accomplish this. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Saving face in cases of mistaken identity," 3 Dec. 2020 The snark, laced with a heavy dose of How the Mighty Have Fallen, flew fast and furious on social media. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Downtown Minneapolis will have a dollar store. Does that mean we're going downscale?," 20 Nov. 2020 Because the tree is battling back on social media – with a bit of humor and snark. The Enquirer, "'Just a tree living in the city': Cincinnati Christmas tree gets its own Twitter account," 12 Nov. 2020 In Studio Theatre’s audio-drama production, actor Gina Daniels infuses the slogan with a delectable mixture of snark, exasperation and weariness, seasoned with a grain of despair. Washington Post, "Audio adaptation of Beltway drama ‘Kings’ tantalizes but ultimately falls flat without a stage," 5 Nov. 2020 Expect a night filled with a lot of snark, like that of the tweet below. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "14 Twitter and Instagram accounts you should follow for election news," 4 Nov. 2020 Instead, images of the moment unleashed a tidal wave of online snark. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "No, the White House did not try to pass off hundreds of blank pages as its healthcare policy," 21 Oct. 2020

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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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Last Updated

17 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snark. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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