One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British A police informer.
- ‘I wonder if the Canadian police could consider invoicing narks directly?’
- ‘Dick Turpin is no coppers' nark so have the courage of your convictions to stand and deliver your reasons.’
- ‘Not that the Chancellor is short of narks in this part of the world.’
- ‘Then the copper whips off a little advert looking for narks to come forward over this purely political offence.’
- ‘Most of the narks and whingers have actually left Sydney.’
- ‘The opprobrium that once attached to informers, snitches, snouts, shoppers and narks in all walks of life no longer exists.’
- ‘Reluctant nark Adriana is forced to turn to an FBI agent for company.’
2Australian NZ An annoying person or thing.
irritant, source of irritation, source of vexation, annoyance, source of annoyance, thorn in someone's flesh, thorn in someone's side, pinprick, pest, bother, trial, torment, plague, inconvenience, nuisance, bugbear, menaceView synonyms
- ‘I admit I can be a nark on the park sometimes but I hate seeing people losing and still looking happy.’
- ‘He would have made his point, saved the pain of being painted a tax nark, while exploiting the Coalition's leadership tension.’
Annoy or exasperate.‘I was narked at being pushed around’
annoyed, irritated, cross, angry, vexed, exasperated, irked, piqued, displeased, put out, fed up, disgruntled, in a bad mood, in a temper, testy, in high dudgeon, huffy, in a huff, resentful, aggrievedView synonyms
- ‘Young lady also proceeded to nark me by fidgeting continuously.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I've been narked off with studio trailers for years.’
- ‘All this has got the genuine aromatherapists a bit narked.’
- ‘I know what's ‘got into her’ - she's narked about what we said regarding Talos.’
- ‘This accolade was accompanied by the wonderful spectacle of dweeby scientists getting narked because they invent everything yet remain unloved and unglamorous.’
- ‘This lay-off still narks him, and he grumbles before saying it has been ‘forgotten’.’
- ‘At that point I had yet to meet an atheist who wasn't narked by the whole thing.’
- ‘After a few moments the problem was obvious and proved that the 1996 team hadn't been totally narked when they reported that the rigging was still upright and intact.’
- ‘There were still narked at what the weather had done to their tracks and overhead cables and were holding up the commuters.’
- ‘I was afraid they might have been a bit narked that we didn't tell them’
- ‘Divers even pick up these dozy little sharks, but if you do that you will find yourself with a suddenly alert fish that is probably a bit narked at being disturbed.’
- ‘Now turned 70, he says he passes for mid-50s and is narked that I've pointed out a stiffness in his gait.’
- ‘‘Well it's nothing I've cultivated,’ he says, a bit narked.’
- ‘Am most narked at lack of wireless stuff going on here.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Reviewers, for instance, were narked that the special effects were not all that special.’
- ‘I'd put in eight weeks of training, but the controversy has narked me a bit.’
- ‘Also I am narked by the fact that they didn't seem to put too much effort into clearing out my room to make space for my stuff, so I have about half a wardrobe and just no space.’
- ‘I'm a bit narked the Boro game was called off on Wednesday.’
informal Stop that!
Mid 19th century: from Romany nāk ‘nose’.
- variant spelling of narc
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