Main definitions of nark in English

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nark1

noun

informal
  • 1British A police informer.

    ‘I'm not a copper's nark’
    • ‘The opprobrium that once attached to informers, snitches, snouts, shoppers and narks in all walks of life no longer exists.’
    • ‘I wonder if the Canadian police could consider invoicing narks directly?’
    • ‘Then the copper whips off a little advert looking for narks to come forward over this purely political offence.’
    • ‘Most of the narks and whingers have actually left Sydney.’
    • ‘Not that the Chancellor is short of narks in this part of the world.’
    • ‘Dick Turpin is no coppers' nark so have the courage of your convictions to stand and deliver your reasons.’
    • ‘Reluctant nark Adriana is forced to turn to an FBI agent for company.’
    informant
  • 2Australian, New Zealand An annoying person or thing.

    ‘He would have made his point, saved the pain of being painted a tax nark, while exploiting the Coalition's leadership tension.’
    ‘I admit I can be a nark on the park sometimes but I hate seeing people losing and still looking happy.’
    irritant, source of irritation, source of vexation, annoyance, source of annoyance, thorn in someone's flesh, thorn in someone's side, pinprick, pest, bother, trial, torment, plague, inconvenience, nuisance, bugbear, menace

verb

[with object]informal British
  • Cause annoyance to.

    ‘women like her nark me’
    • ‘I'd put in eight weeks of training, but the controversy has narked me a bit.’
    • ‘This narked a few people, including his apparently unpaid vet and a group who claimed that the animals on his ranch were being treated cruelly.’
    • ‘So, well done, your girlfriend, for finding a humorous card that actually did the trick - and I'm not at all surprised that she's narked that you just chucked it out.’
    • ‘I've been narked off with studio trailers for years.’
    • ‘Also I am narked by the fact that they didn't seem to put too much effort into clearing out my room to make space for my stuff, so I have about half a wardrobe and just no space.’
    • ‘Now turned 70, he says he passes for mid-50s and is narked that I've pointed out a stiffness in his gait.’
    • ‘Am most narked at lack of wireless stuff going on here.’
    • ‘At that point I had yet to meet an atheist who wasn't narked by the whole thing.’
    • ‘There were still narked at what the weather had done to their tracks and overhead cables and were holding up the commuters.’
    • ‘Reviewers, for instance, were narked that the special effects were not all that special.’
    • ‘After a few moments the problem was obvious and proved that the 1996 team hadn't been totally narked when they reported that the rigging was still upright and intact.’
    • ‘I'm a bit narked the Boro game was called off on Wednesday.’
    • ‘I know what's ‘got into her’ - she's narked about what we said regarding Talos.’
    • ‘Divers even pick up these dozy little sharks, but if you do that you will find yourself with a suddenly alert fish that is probably a bit narked at being disturbed.’
    • ‘‘Well it's nothing I've cultivated,’ he says, a bit narked.’
    • ‘This accolade was accompanied by the wonderful spectacle of dweeby scientists getting narked because they invent everything yet remain unloved and unglamorous.’
    • ‘I was afraid they might have been a bit narked that we didn't tell them’
    • ‘All this has got the genuine aromatherapists a bit narked.’
    • ‘Young lady also proceeded to nark me by fidgeting continuously.’
    • ‘This lay-off still narks him, and he grumbles before saying it has been ‘forgotten’.’

Phrases

    nark it!
    informal
    • Stop that!

Origin

Mid 19th century from Romany nāk ‘nose’.

Pronunciation

nark

/nɑːk/

Main definitions of nark in English

: nark1nark2

nark2

noun

another term for narc

Pronunciation

nark

/nɑːk/