Definition of snarf in English:


transitive verb

[with object] informal mainly North American
  • Eat or drink quickly or greedily.

    • ‘they snarfed up frozen yogurt’
    • ‘Enno couldn't help but snarf it down, only to feel awkward as he finished his before anyone had made a second bite.’
    • ‘I ended up snarfing a bunch of Ritz crackers (first crackers I've had in weeks, aside from the wedding last week) to tide me over until dinner.’
    • ‘The dish was tasty but so violently rich, you felt almost embarrassed eating it, like a pimply adolescent snarfing a public bag of candy.’
    • ‘We're lucky to live next door to a large number of shops, restaurants and cafes, and - after we'd snarfed a triumphant breakfast of World Cup winning sausages, bacon and eggs - we made our way to search through the second-hand bookshops.’
    • ‘She snarfed the food down not even waiting to savor the flavors.’
    drink, swallow, gulp, gulp down, guzzle, slurp, attack, down, drink down, drink up, force down, get down, finish off, polish off, drain, empty, imbibe, have, take, partake of, ingest, consume, sup, sip, lap



/snärf/ /snɑrf/


1960s perhaps imitative.