from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang Variant of narc.
  • n. An informer, especially a police informer.
  • intransitive v. To be an informer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A police spy or informer.
  • v. To annoy or irritate.
  • v. To stop.
  • v. To serve or behave as a spy or informer.
  • v. To complain.
  • n. A narcotics law enforcement officer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A law enforcement agent specializing in narcotics law violations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. inform or spy (for the police)
  • n. an informer or spy working for the police
  • n. a lawman concerned with narcotics violations
  • v. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations


Perhaps from Romany nāk, nose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Romani nak. (Wiktionary)
see narc (Wiktionary)


  • I looked out of the spy window in the back of the cab and saw my "nark" standing staring in the middle of the road.

    A Girl Among the Anarchists

  • Had Johnson been a "nark" of the police he would soon have been exposed, but as he dealt with cases which never came directly into the courts, his activities were never realized by his companions.

    The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes

  • He had risen very rapidly, but from very dirty beginnings; being first a "nark" or informer, and then a money-lender: but as solicitor to the Eyres he had the sense, as I say, to keep technically straight until he was ready to deal the final blow.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown

  • A 'nark' is an informer, a spy among criminals who sells the police whatever information he can scrape up.

    The Red Triangle Being Some Further Chronicles of Martin Hewitt, Investigator

  • "The fear of being labelled a 'nark' … can stop prisoners from speaking up with that information." - Stuff

  • A screaming match erupted in the Hamilton District Court yesterday as a man who went on a pokie-machine burglary spree in New Plymouth early this year was labelled a "nark". - Stuff

  • [quote = "Flying Felix"] [quote = "nark"] [b] Sorry Gentlemen, these are very sloppy drills that have crept in recently.

    Army Rumour Service

  • "nark" carefully picked to walk on as noiselessly as possible, motioning me to do the same.

    The Red Triangle Being Some Further Chronicles of Martin Hewitt, Investigator

  • Or perhaps God is in fact a supernatural coppers' nark.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • Firearms were out of the question, of course, being easy to trace and the missile being prone to nark under the scientific manipulation of Scotland Yard.



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  • should this be with a q, c, or k?
    i've read that it could be with any, but what is preferred?

    September 18, 2009