Irritate vs Nark - What's the difference?

irritate | nark |

As verbs the difference between irritate and nark

is that irritate is (lb) 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.
  • :(Archbishop Bramhall)
  • Synonyms

    * provoke * rile


    * please

    See also

    * exasperate * peeve * disturb English intransitive verbs English transitive verbs ----



    (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.