Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

SNARK, v. 1. To snore, to snort (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.). Also in Eng. dial.

2. To fret, grumble or find fault with one (Ayr. 1880 Jam.). Also in Eng. dial.

[Prob. related to M.L.Ger. snarken, = 1., of imit. orig. Cf. Snork. 2. may represent a different word. Cf. Narg.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Snark v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 6 Dec 2021 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND: