Snarky Meaning: What Does Snarky Mean? Texting Conversations

What does Snarky mean? Learn the definition, how and when to use the internet slang word with conversation examples and a printable infographic.

Snarky Meaning

What Does Snarky Mean?

The primary definition of “snarky” is a sarcastic or snide comment.

A person who is being “snarky” is often mistaken for being arrogant or snotty. When a person makes a snarky comment, it’s usually random, out of context, and can be off-putting in some situations. Not everyone is capable of appreciating the art of being “snarky”, which I think my child has mastered to the final level.

Origin of Snarky

This internet slang word first appeared in 1906. It comes from the British word snark, meaning to nag or find fault with. Normally it is said by the British, but it has become more popular in the United States in recent years.

In 2010, American comedian Dane Cook helped boost the popularity of “snarky” in a comedy special he called “I did my best – Greatest Hits”. He was telling a joke, which was labeled, “The atheist” about a conversation on religion he had with an atheist. He said as he was talking about how he hopes to go to Heaven when he dies, the guy became condescending. Snarky with his attitude. Cook continues by telling his fans to “Google that sh*t. It’s real”. According to him, it’s Google magic.

Similar Internet Slang Words

  • Snark
  • Snarkiness
  • Snarkhole
  • Snark-hurler
  • Snarkicism
  • Snarkified
  • Snarkin

Other Meanings

There are a variety of other meanings for this word. Rather than list them in paragraph format like the previous words, this group would be better presented in a list.

  • Cynical
  • Satirical witticisms
  • Blunt
  • Irony
  • Disrespectful
  • Irritable
  • Short-tempered
  • Testy
  • Jerk
  • Mean
  • Haughty
  • Subversive

Conversation Examples

Example using this online term “as snide or sarcastic”

  • Speaker 1: Wow I just got first place in the tournament. How cool!??!
  • Speaker 2: You want a cookie or something?
  • Speaker 1: Rude. You ain’t gotta be a b*tch.
  • Speaker 2: I’m not. Idgad
  • Speaker 1: forget I said anything then.
  • Speaker 2: okay

*“IDGAD” = “I” (I) + “D” (Don’t) + “G” (Give) + “A” (A) + “D” (Damn)

Snarky Meaning Infographic