- An imaginary animal (used to refer to someone or something that is difficult to track down).More example sentences
- Twelve years ago, the search for a great leg-spinner was Australian cricket's version of Lewis Carroll's hunting of the snark.
- They're so fixated on the hunting of the snark that they're prepared to flame everybody to a crisp.
- Unlike the snark, which never actually appears, the capercaillie does exist; but the huge birds are rarely seen, and have attained near-legendary status amongst the hunting fraternity.
1876: nonsense word coined by Lewis Carroll in The Hunting of the Snark.
• informal , chiefly North American
- Make snide and sharply critical comments: they even snark about her family backgroundMore example sentences
- Meanwhile, the only thing I like about watching the show is snarking about the contestants.
- I've got a legitimate reason for snarking like that.
- But I'm really just snarking pre-emptively, because the next bit is the worst.
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- Snide and sharply critical comments: a worthwhile blog cannot live on snark aloneMore example sentences
- But to automatically cry "oh, get a sense of humor" when someone points out disrespect, snark, or nastiness is disingenuous and fundamentally unkind.
- Ok, that didn't take long to devolve into totally pointless snark.
- Aside from snark, I find it very heartening, actually.
mid 19th century: originally in the dialect senses 'snore, snort', 'find fault'.