Definition of snarky in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsnärkē/ /ˈsnɑrki/

adjectivesnarkier, snarkiest

  • 1North American informal Critical or mocking in an indirect or sarcastic way.

    • ‘snarky remarks’
    • ‘How much can one miss the Great Eye Roll, the snarky remarks, the sarcasm, the feeling that no matter what you do, you'll just never please your child?’
    • ‘You two were throwing snarky remarks at each other as though you were both fighting for the same guy.’
    • ‘But she ignored me… either that, or gave some snarky remark.’
    • ‘I spent an hour writing a post about this and it was all sarcastic and snarky and I was very proud of it.’
    • ‘But mostly, being the writerly/vindictive type, I've looked forward to handing in the most subtly snarky resignation letter ever penned.’
    acerbic, sarcastic, sharp, sardonic, satirical, scathing, cutting, razor-edged
    1. 1.1Bad-tempered or irritable.
      • ‘Bobby's always a bit snarky before his nap’
      • ‘Oh, there are stoic Russians, cranky hitmen, brain-dead cops, snarky FBI guys and, yes, as you remember from the trailer, goats.’
      • ‘But then, they're not snarky freelancers like I am.’
      • ‘Maybe there is something about small dog we are missing - some snarky, angry side - because all we saw was something so tiny Alex could hold him in one of his palms and literally sneeze him across the room.’


Early 20th century from dialect snark ‘snore, snort’, ‘find fault’ (see snark).