One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjectivesnarkier, snarkiestNorth American
1(of a person, words, or a mood) sharply critical; cutting; snide.‘the kid who makes snarky remarks in class’
acerbic, sarcastic, sharp, sardonic, satirical, scathing, cutting, razor-edgedView synonyms
- ‘You two were throwing snarky remarks at each other as though you were both fighting for the same guy.’
- ‘I spent an hour writing a post about this and it was all sarcastic and snarky and I was very proud of it.’
- ‘But she ignored me… either that, or gave some snarky remark.’
- ‘How much can one miss the Great Eye Roll, the snarky remarks, the sarcasm, the feeling that no matter what you do, you'll just never please your child?’
- ‘But mostly, being the writerly/vindictive type, I've looked forward to handing in the most subtly snarky resignation letter ever penned.’
- 1.1 Cranky; irritable.‘Bobby's always a bit snarky before his nap’
- ‘Oh, there are stoic Russians, cranky hitmen, brain-dead cops, snarky FBI guys and, yes, as you remember from the trailer, goats.’
- ‘But then, they're not snarky freelancers like I am.’
- ‘Maybe there is something about small dog we are missing - some snarky, angry side - because all we saw was something so tiny Alex could hold him in one of his palms and literally sneeze him across the room.’
Early 20th century: from dialect snark ‘snore, snort’, ‘find fault’ (see snark).
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