snark

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noun

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

snark

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verb

snarked; snarking; snarks

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Many of his videos focus on Republicans and conservative media with a certain measured snark. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, 29 May 2023 By avoiding snark and salacious gossip, the site won the confidence of celebrities who would send in exclusive photos of themselves. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 4 May 2023 The comments drew plenty of snark from other Twitter users for its slightly tone deaf, ugly American vibes. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2023 Rodgers will be just another quarterback bust, one that cost the Jets dearly, at that, and fans and the New York media will respond with their trademark nastiness and snark. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2023 Clearly, there’s an appetite for evisceration with a side of snark. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 12 Apr. 2023 Donning a slight New York gruff, the Chris Prattitudes are turned way down as his Mario plays the straight man with an inkling of Brooklyn snark. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2023 Sharpe himself had long lamented the depiction of pinball in the mainstream media — not just the freeze-frame inaccuracies only a true pinhead would notice, but the undeserved snark dismissing the game either as a vice for Fonzie-like greasers or as an esoteric outlet for Tommy-like obsessives. Adam Ruben, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2023 Collins remains unfazed by the online snark. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, 15 Nov. 2021
Verb
Basu’s evocative and thrilling novel explores with warmth and snark a future Delhi. Charlie Jane Anders, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022 And Fielding and Ayoade are there to snark and provide surrealist answers. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 1 Jan. 2022 Tracy, 31, tells the rest of the women that her ideas about only dating a certain type of man have changed as she's gotten older, which Demi (who's eight years younger) interprets as another opportunity to snark about Tracy being one of the of the few remaining contestants who's older than Colton. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

back-formation from snarky

Verb

back-formation from snarky

First Known Use

Noun

1999, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snark was in 1987

Dictionary Entries Near snark

Cite this Entry

“Snark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snark. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

snark

noun
: an attitude or expression of sarcasm or mockery
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