\ 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 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 Beyond the snark, though, there is a simple, piercing clarity to many of Lozada’s observations. New York Times, "Does an Intellectual History of the Trump Era Exist? It Does Now," 6 Oct. 2020 Josto’s a comic relief goon with only bad one-liners, delivered by Schwartzman with anachronistic snark. Darren Franich,, "Fargo season 4 has a lot of nothing to say about America: Review," 14 Sep. 2020 One of them had a whole lot of snark in one short sentence. Claire Gillespie,, "This Body Positive Influencer Was Shamed for Wearing the 'Wrong Choice' Bathing Suit on Instagram," 2 Sep. 2020 Musk replied to Jackson’s comments on Twitter, with some characteristic snark. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Neurologists aren’t so sure about Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain implant startup," 31 Aug. 2020 Weiden leavens the dark elements with humor and snark. Carol Memmott, Washington Post, "‘Winter Counts’ hits the sweet spot between gritty thriller and social novel," 28 Aug. 2020 That provided a forum for these delicious morsels of snark. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How do you feel about Packers' new restrictions on practice observations from reporters? (plus some delightful snark about it)," 20 Aug. 2020 But thanks to comedians Bowen Yang's and Matt Rogers' palpable passion for pop culture, this is a joyful and uplifting audio experience with a perfect balance of snark and heart. Emma Dibdin New York Times, Star Tribune, "Podcasts offer comedy fans laughs with Hollywood on hiatus," 2 Aug. 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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30 Oct 2020

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“Snark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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