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1 an informer or spy working for the police [syn: copper's nark]
2 a lawman concerned with narcotics violations [syn: narc, narcotics agent]


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)

User Contributed Dictionary



From Romany nak


  • /nɑː(r)k/, /nA:(r)k/,
  • Rhymes with: -ɑː(r)k


  1. In the context of "UK|slang": A police spy or informer.
    • 1912, George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion, Act I,
      It's a—well, it's a copper's nark, as you might say. What else would you call it? A sort of informer.


  1. In the context of "transitive|slang": To annoy or irritate.
    It really narks me when people smoke in restaurants.
  2. In the context of "transitive|slang|often imperative": To stop.
    Nark it! I hear someone coming!
  3. In the context of "intransitive|slang": To serve or behave as a spy or informer.
  4. 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.

Extensive Definition

Nark redirects here. For other uses of narc or nark, see NARC.
A narc, also spelled nark (not a contraction of "narcotic agent", but the word predates the criminalization of narcotics), is a term for a narcotics agent or police informant who provides information to the police about drug offenders. It is more often used to refer to undercover agents than police officers. Some drug offenders, once caught, turn into informants as part of an agreement with the police to avoid charges.
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.
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