- 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
(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.