Complain vs Nark - What's the difference?

complain | nark |

As verbs the difference between complain and nark

is that complain is to express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment while nark is (slang) to serve or behave as a spy or informer.

As a noun nark is

(british|slang) a police spy or informer or nark can be (narcotics officer).




(en verb)
  • To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
  • Joe was always complaining about the noise made by his neighbours.
  • * Milton
  • O loss of sight, of thee I most complain !
  • To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.
  • They've complained about me to the police again.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Now, Master Shallow, you'll complain of me to the king?
  • To creak or squeak, as a timber or wheel.
  • the complaining bed-springs


    * grumble * grouse * grump * bitch * beef * gripe * whine * kvetch * moan * whinge * See also



    (wikipedia nark)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) nak.

    Alternative forms

    * narc


    (en noun)
  • (British, slang) A police spy or informer.
  • * 1912 , , Act I,
  • It’s a—well, it’s a copper’s nark , as you might say. What else would you call it? A sort of informer.


    (en verb)
  • (slang) To serve or behave as a spy or informer.
  • (slang) To annoy or irritate.
  • It really narks me when people smoke in restaurants.
  • (slang) To complain.
  • He narks in my ear all day, moaning about his problems.
  • (transitive, slang, often imperative) To stop.
  • Nark it! I hear someone coming!
    * * tattle

    Etymology 2

    See narc


    (en noun)
  • (narcotics officer).
  • References

    * * Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.