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  • n. Snide remarks.
  • v. To express oneself in a snarky fashion
  • v. To snort.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A fluke or unrepeatable result or detection in an experiment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given in “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” to an imaginary animal. See blend-word.


Compare Low German snarken, North Frisian snarke, Swedish snarka, and English snarl, snort, and snore. Noun sense of “snide remarks” derived from snarky (1906). (Wiktionary)



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  • page 39
    The Baltimore Reportory, of Papers on Literary and Other Topics, Volume 1
    "...What a charming thing it is to see men under good discipline Now gentlemen we come to the revolutions but lord men you have got all in a sort of a snark as I may say how did you get all into such a higglety pigglety "

    July 15, 2013

  • Besides the Alice in Wonderland definition, this word has also come to mean reflexive ridicule or criticism. David Denby wrote a widely reviewed book called "Snark" where it used in this sense.

    July 12, 2009

  • See also irony mark.

    September 30, 2008