Origins: Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark" (1874)

Witty sarcasm, used to belittle someone or something without becoming ad hominem. Also used to describe practical jokes of a particularly funny and sabotaging kind.
He was so snarky in his review of the movie, I lol'd, but the fanbois got butthurt.
by mlorrey December 16, 2009
Firstly, the following definition is anything but accurate:
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March 26, 2007 Urban Word of the Day

A witty mannerism, personality, or behavior that is a combination of sarcasm and cynicism. Usually accepted as a complimentary term. Snark is sometimes mistaken for a snotty or arrogant attitude.

Her snarky remarks had half the room on the floor laughing and the other half ready to walk out. "

This definition is ironically highly endemic of snarkiness. Only a snark would say that being a snark is a good thing at all.

In fact its quite obvious that someone who behaves in a snarky manner and views their own behavior self-righteously wrote this.

By definition "snarky" is derogatory.

It means to not give the "principle of charity" (google that) to things others say which you disagree with, and in fact specifically withhold it as much as is humanly possible. It means to make straw men out of everything said you disagree with, and then pompously ridiculing the strawman you've errected in place of what was actually said, but acting like it was the actual thing said when your dishonest tactics are addressed. It means, not only being sarcastic, but being self righteous, condescending, and pompous. It means not accurately seeing things, and instead having them skewed by your desires, your ego, etc.
The above refuted definition is actually a perfect example of being snarky.
by Slayer of Falsehoods December 13, 2012
Lightening the mood in the work place
Tom was bring really snarky today. Sometimes people take it the wrong way, but he is just trying to make them smile.
by panda3852 November 03, 2011
short tempered or irritable
He was very snarky with me, yeah snarky, its a word, Google that shit, Google magic my friends! -Dane Cook
by Nickster82 November 05, 2007
Snarky refers to a concise, clever comment that's referential to something. It's normally jagged, like sarcasm, but it involves more creative thinking than a sarcastic comment does. It can be in reference to something from popular culture, or a turn-of-the-phrase that creates something original from it's source material.
You're sitting on an airplane, with a family full of annoying young children seated behind you, who are kicking your chair, being noisy and generally irritating...

You turn to the person seated next to you, and say in a snarky fashion:

"Hell is other people's children."
by Mr Memetic May 16, 2007
A word created by combining of sneaky and saracasm. You definetly watching too much Dane Cook - but seriously, how much is REALLY too much?
Snarky - google that shit
by Mia17 April 30, 2007
The act where an Irestone attempts to use sarcasm and cynicism in a way it believes to be witty.
Wow, that is one snarky Irestone!
by Creepy Gnome July 21, 2009

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