- The definition of a snark is a complaint.
An example of a snark is what someone said when asked to stay an extra hour at work.
- To snark is to complain.
An example of snark is to make rude comments under your breath about how you’d rather be home.
Origin of snarkprobably from sn(ake) + (sh)ark
- A snide, sarcastic, or disrespectful attitude: “On the issue of mainstream monotheistic religions and the irrationality behind many of religion's core tenets, scientists often set aside their skewers, their snark, and their impatient demand for proof, and instead don the calming cardigan of a kiddie-show host on public TV” ( Natalie Angier )
- Commentary expressing such an attitude: “He must now endure days of media scrutiny, schadenfreude from his rivals and an overflow of social media scorn, snark and satire” ( Alessandra Stanley )
Origin of snarkBack-formation from snarky
(third-person singular simple present snarks, present participle snarking, simple past and past participle snarked)
- To express oneself in a snarky fashion
Compare Low German snarken, North Frisian snarke, Swedish snarka, and English snarl, snort, and snore. Noun sense of “snide remarks" derived from snarky (1906), from snark (v.) "to snort" (1866) by onomatopoiea.
- (mathematics) A graph in which every node has three branches, and the edges cannot be coloured in fewer than four colours without two edges of the same colour meeting at a point.
- (physics) A fluke or unrepeatable result or detection in an experiment.
- Cabrera's Valentine's Day monopole detection or some extremely energetic cosmic rays could be examples of snarks.
From Snark, coined by Lewis Carroll as a nonce word in 1874 The Hunting of the Snark, about the quest for an elusive creature. In sense of “a type of mathematical graph", named as such in 1976 by Martin Gardner for their elusiveness.