- The opprobrium that once attached to informers, snitches, snouts, shoppers and narks in all walks of life no longer exists.
- I wonder if the Canadian police could consider invoicing narks directly?
- Then the copper whips off a little advert looking for narks to come forward over this purely political offence.
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- I'd put in eight weeks of training, but the controversy has narked me a bit.
- This narked a few people, including his apparently unpaid vet and a group who claimed that the animals on his ranch were being treated cruelly.
- So, well done, your girlfriend, for finding a humorous card that actually did the trick - and I'm not at all surprised that she's narked that you just chucked it out.
mid 19th century: from Romany nāk 'nose'.
The original meaning of nark was ‘an annoying or troublesome person’, a sense which survives in Australia and New Zealand, and in the verb nark, ‘to annoy’. The word is from Romany nok or nak, ‘nose’. Snout and snitch (L17th, of unknown origin) are other words that mean both ‘nose’ and ‘informer’, and the word nosy itself implies an inappropriate interest in other people's business.