One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]North American
Eat or drink quickly or greedily.‘they snarfed up frozen yogurt’
drink, swallow, gulp, gulp down, guzzle, slurp, attack, down, drink down, drink up, force down, get down, finish off, polish off, drain, empty, imbibe, have, take, partake of, ingest, consume, sup, sip, lapView synonyms
- ‘She snarfed the food down not even waiting to savor the flavors.’
- ‘I ended up snarfing a bunch of Ritz crackers (first crackers I've had in weeks, aside from the wedding last week) to tide me over until dinner.’
- ‘Enno couldn't help but snarf it down, only to feel awkward as he finished his before anyone had made a second bite.’
- ‘The dish was tasty but so violently rich, you felt almost embarrassed eating it, like a pimply adolescent snarfing a public bag of candy.’
- ‘We're lucky to live next door to a large number of shops, restaurants and cafes, and - after we'd snarfed a triumphant breakfast of World Cup winning sausages, bacon and eggs - we made our way to search through the second-hand bookshops.’
1950s: perhaps imitative.
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