Definition of sarcastic in English:



  • Marked by or given to using irony in order to mock or convey contempt.

    ‘making sarcastic comments’
    ‘I think they're being sarcastic’
    • ‘An ironic and sarcastic grin flashed upon her oval face as she announced the name of the horse.’
    • ‘His sarcastic comment brought her out of her reverie like a bucket of cold water.’
    • ‘To make things worse, two sarcastic and sassy FBI agents are also hot on Ford's trail.’
    • ‘I put on a smile at the sarcastic comment and turned to see Alex leaning against the wall, itching her neck.’
    • ‘It was going to be weird without her sarcastic comments and worries about her looks.’
    • ‘Sure, it's easy to be sarcastic, especially about politics and the political process.’
    • ‘It infuses his writing, tempering his cleverness with a good measure of sarcastic honesty.’
    • ‘How are you supposed to follow the story when you're constantly making sarcastic comments about the hammy acting?’
    • ‘I tried to think of a nasty sarcastic comment to make him leave me alone, but none came to mind.’
    • ‘The campaign works hard to adopt a glib and sarcastic voice familiar to many young people.’
    • ‘Unable to give a sarcastic comment, she settled with glaring at him.’
    • ‘A burglar who stole presents from a York family has been sent a sarcastic message of thanks for ruining their Christmas.’
    • ‘I was tired of holding a grudge that was only causing me to be bitter and sarcastic.’
    • ‘Sarah couldn't help but make the snide and sarcastic remark to him to show her hatred.’
    • ‘Nick and I spend most of the waking hours of the day bickering, sniping, and being sarcastic with one another.’
    • ‘While often sarcastic and satirical, Hendrie sounded very serious about this offer.’
    • ‘He'd never called me David before, and there was no mistaking the sarcastic sneer in his voice.’
    • ‘Her voice has an amused tone, and I know she's trying to be sarcastic and make me feel bad.’
    • ‘When people are sarcastic or rude, it just says that that's how they feel about themselves.’
    • ‘So, you see, by allowing my sarcastic venting, you're saving my relationship.’
    sardonic, ironic, ironical, satirical
    derisive, scornful, contemptuous, mocking, ridiculing, sneering, jeering, scoffing, taunting, snide
    caustic, scathing, trenchant, mordant, cutting, sharp, stinging, acerbic, tart, acid
    mordacious, acidulous
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Late 17th century: from French sarcastique, from sarcasme (see sarcasm), on the pattern of pairs such as enthousiasme, enthousiastique.