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snark 1

Syllabification: snark

noun

An imaginary animal (used to refer to someone or something that is difficult to track down).
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.

Origin

1876: nonsense word coined by Lewis Carroll in The Hunting of the Snark.

Words that rhyme with snark

arc, ark, Bach, bark, barque, Braque, Clark, clerk, dark, embark, hark, impark, Iraq, Ladakh, Lamarck, lark, macaque, marc, mark, marque, narc, nark, Newark, park, quark, sark, shark, spark, stark, Vlach

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snark 2 Syllabification: snark
informal , chiefly North American

verb

[no object]
Make snide and sharply critical comments: they even snark about her family background
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  • 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.

noun

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Snide and sharply critical comments: a worthwhile blog cannot live on snark alone
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  • 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.

Origin

Mid 19th century: originally in the dialect senses 'snore, snort', 'find fault'.

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