AskDefine | Define snarf

Dictionary Definition

snarf v : make off with belongings of others [syn: pilfer, cabbage, purloin, pinch, abstract, swipe, hook, sneak, filch, nobble, lift]

User Contributed Dictionary



Probably a blend of snort and scarf.


  1. In the context of "transitive": To eat or consume greedily.
    • He snarfed a whole bag of chips in a couple of minutes!
    • 1999: Marya Hornbacker, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, page 239
      Freed from the usual inhibitions, we get home and I snarf down pasta salad right out of the Tupperware container...
    • 2000: Nancy Woodruff, Someone Else's Child, page 40
      "I'm not going to sit there while you two watch me snarf a whole pie by myself."
    • 2003: Allen D. Berrien, Powerboat Care and Repair: How to Keep Your Outboard, Sterndrive, Or Gas-Inboard Boat Alive and Well, page 41
      The old 40-horse models used to snarf up more fuel than today's 90-horse models.
  2. In the context of "transitive": To take something by dubious means, but without the connotations of stealing; to take something without regard to etiquette.
    • I snarfed a bunch of freebies from the vendor's booth when he wasn't looking.
    • 1995: Tom Shanley, Don Anderson, ISA System Architecture, page 296
      Either write-through or write-back policy caches may snarf the data that the bus master is writing to memory.
    • 1996: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, page 399 addition, the embedding enables the designer to snarf features from the underlying language ...
    • 2001: Brad A. Myers, Choon Hong Peck, Jeffrey Nicols, Dave Kong, and Robert Miller, Interacting at a Distance Using Semantic Snarfing, in Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Ubiquitous Computing, pages 305-314.
      Other future applications of the semantic snarfing idea might include classrooms, where students might snarf interesting pieces of content from the instructor's presentation; ...
  3. In the context of "transitive": To expel fluid or food through the mouth or nostrils accidentally, usually while attempting to stifle laughter with one's mouth full.
    • It was so funny, I snarfed my milk onto my keyboard.
  4. In the context of "transitive|computing": To slurp (computing slang sense); to load in entirety; to copy as a whole.
    • I snarfed the whole database into my program.

Extensive Definition

Snarf or SNARF can refer to:
  • A character in the cartoon ThunderCats who constantly says the phrase, "Snarf" at the end of a phrase.
  • Snarf, a character from the animated television series Trollz.
  • The main character from SnarfQuest, a comic that ran in Dragon magazine''.
  • SNARF-1 - a fluorescent dye that changes colour with pH
  • Social Network and Relationship Finder developed by Microsoft Research, published December 16, 2005
  • snarfing, a strategy for maintaining cache coherency in a computer system.
  • snarf is listed in the Jargon File with meanings mostly similar to "grab"
Snarf VERB meaning to accidentally laugh while drinking something. As in a person who is drinking a shot of tequila and accidentally laughs while swallowing thus "snarfing" the liquid out one's nose. Happens to children in cafeteria.
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