Informer vs Nark - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between informer and nark

is that informer is one who informs someone else about something while nark is (british|slang) a police spy or informer or nark can be (narcotics officer).

As a verb nark is

(slang) to serve or behave as a spy or informer.

informer

English

Alternative forms

* informor (qualifier) * informour (qualifier)

Noun

(en noun)
  • One who informs someone else about something.
  • A person who tells authorities about improper or illegal activity.
  • One who informs, animates, or inspires.
  • (Thomson)
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Nature, informer of the poet's art.

    Synonyms

    * informant * See also

    See also

    * name names

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    nark

    English

    (wikipedia nark)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) nak.

    Alternative forms

    * narc

    Noun

    (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.

    Verb

    (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!
    Synonyms
    * * tattle

    Etymology 2

    See narc

    Noun

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

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

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