1. British Slang. a stool pigeon or informer.
  2. Australian Slang. an annoying person.

verb (used without object)

  1. British Slang. to act as a police informer or stool pigeon.
  2. Australian Slang. to become annoyed.


  1. narc.

noun Slang.

  1. a government agent or detective charged with the enforcement of laws restricting the use of narcotics.


  1. US slang a narcotics agent


  1. British, Australian and NZ an informer or spy, esp one working for the police (copper’s nark)
  2. British a person who complains irritatinglyan old nark
  3. Australian and NZ a spoilsport


  1. British, Australian and NZ to annoy, upset, or irritatehe was narked by her indifference
  2. (intr) British, Australian and NZ to inform or spy, esp for the police
  3. (intr) British to complain irritatingly
  4. nark at someone NZ to nag someone
  5. nark it British stop it!

n.1967 (earlier narco, 1960), American English slang, shortened form of narcotics agent. Had been used 1955 for narcotics hospital, 1958 for narcotics addict. Sense and spelling tending to merge with older but unrelated nark (q.v.). 1859, “to act as a police informer” (v.); 1860, “police informer” (n.), probably from Romany nak “nose,” from Hindi nak, from Sanskrit nakra, which probably is related to Sanskrit nasa “nose” (see nose (n.)). Sense and spelling tending to merge with etymologically unrelated narc (q.v.).

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