Definitions

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

  • n. A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound.
  • n. A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule.
  • n. The use of sarcasm. See Synonyms at wit1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of humor that is marked by mocking with irony, sometimes conveyed in speech with vocal over-emphasis. Insincerely saying something which is the opposite of one's intended meaning, often to emphasize how unbelievable or unlikely it sounds if taken literally, thereby illustrating the obvious nature of one's intended meaning.
  • n. An act of sarcasm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A keen, reproachful expression; a satirical remark uttered with some degree of scorn or contempt; a taunt; a gibe; a cutting jest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A biting taunt or gibe, or the use of such a taunt; a bitter, cutting expression; a satirical remark or expression, uttered with scorn or contempt; in rhetoric, a form of irony; bitter irony.
  • n. Synonyms Irony, etc. (see satire,) taunt, fling.

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

  • n. witty language used to convey insults or scorn

Etymologies

Late Latin sarcasmus, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein, to bite the lips in rage, from sarx, sark-, flesh.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin sarcasmus, from Ancient Greek σαρκασμός (sarkasmos, "a sneer"), from σαρκάζειν ("gnash the teeth (in anger), literally, to strip off the flesh"), from σάρξ (sarks, "flesh"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • At last, everyone will know when we're being smartasses!

    January 16, 2010

  • Related to sarcophagus, q.v., to wit: "biting the lips", cutting, wounding speech, designed to abase or belittle.

    September 26, 2007

  • What, this is someone's favorite word? Gross.

    January 24, 2007