Definitions

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

  • adj. Slang Rudely sarcastic or disrespectful; snide.
  • adj. Slang Irritable or short-tempered; irascible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Snide and sarcastic; usually out of irritation, often humorously.

Etymologies

From dialectal snark, to nag, from snark, snork, to snore, snort, from Dutch and Low German snorken, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
snark +‎ -y; 1906, as “irritable”, from 1866 snark ("to snort"), by (onomatopoeia). Compare Low German snarken, North Frisian snarke, Swedish snarka. (Wiktionary)

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  • (informal) Snide and sarcastic; usually out of irritation.

    July 27, 2009