Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To eat or drink rapidly or eagerly; devour.

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  • verb transitive To eat or consume greedily.
  • verb transitive To take something by dubious means, but without the connotations of stealing; to take something without regard to etiquette.
  • verb transitive To expel fluid or food through the mouth or nostrils accidentally, usually while attempting to stifle laughter with one's mouth full.
  • verb transitive, computing To slurp (computing slang sense); to load in entirety; to copy as a whole.

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  • verb make off with belongings of others

Etymologies

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

Probably sn(ort) + (sc)arf3.

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Blend of snort and scarf?

Examples

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  • Snarf: To forcefully eject liquid from one's nostrils, as may happen if one is made to laugh at an inopportune moment while in the act of drinking.

    This usage goes back at least to the late 1970s, and is apparently still current since it appears in this tweet that was shown to me in the real time info:

    # grabbyfingers: @robotwithdog Ha, yes, exactly. And thanks. It really hurts to snarf Diet Dr. Pepper ya know. I'm taking my burning nostrils to bed. Hmph. (7 hours ago)

    June 8, 2009

  • snarf back a rack o' ribs and slake it with a good lager.

    April 11, 2009

  • Adolescent slang- someone who farts in the bathtub and bites at the bubbles

    April 11, 2009