1 an informer or spy working for the police [syn: copper's nark]
1 cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves" [syn: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil]
2 inform or spy (for the police)
EtymologyFrom Romany nak
- /nɑː(r)k/, /nA:(r)k/,
- Rhymes with: -ɑː(r)k
- In the context of "transitive|slang": To annoy or irritate.
- It really narks me when people smoke in restaurants.
- In the context of "transitive|slang|often imperative": To
- Nark it! I hear someone coming!
- In the context of "intransitive|slang": To serve or behave as a spy or informer.
- In the context of "intransitive|slang": To complain.
- He narks in my ear all day, moaning about his problems.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
- Nark redirects here. For other uses of narc or nark, see NARC.
It is also sometimes used in popular culture for someone who is against people consuming drugs at their own free will.
A sub-category is "poison nark", an apparent informer who is actually providing false or highly selective information.