Definition of snarky in English:


adjectiveadjective snarkier, adjective snarkiest

  • 1mainly North 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.’



/ˈsnärkē/ /ˈsnɑrki/


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