As verbs the difference between irritate and nark
is that irritate
) to provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure 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
(lb) To provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure.
*:Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self. It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
(lb) To introduce irritability or irritation in.
(lb) To cause or induce displeasure or irritation.
(lb) To induce pain in (all or part of a body or organism).
(lb) To render null and void.
From (etyl) nak.
(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.
(slang) To serve or behave as a spy or informer.
(slang) To annoy or irritate.
(slang) To complain.
- It really narks me when people smoke in restaurants.
(transitive, slang, often imperative) To stop.
- He narks in my ear all day, moaning about his problems.
- Nark it! I hear someone coming!
* Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.