from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Slang To eat or drink rapidly or eagerly; devour: snarfed down some cookies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To eat or consume greedily.
  • v. To take something by dubious means, but without the connotations of stealing; to take something without regard to etiquette.
  • v. To expel fluid or food through the mouth or nostrils accidentally, usually while attempting to stifle laughter with one's mouth full.
  • v. To slurp (computing slang sense); to load in entirety; to copy as a whole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make off with belongings of others


Probably sn(ort) + (sc)arf3.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of snort and scarf? (Wiktionary)



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  • Snarf: To forcefully eject liquid from one's nostrils, as may happen if one is made to laugh at an inopportune moment while in the act of drinking.

    This usage goes back at least to the late 1970s, and is apparently still current since it appears in this tweet that was shown to me in the real time info:

    # grabbyfingers: @robotwithdog Ha, yes, exactly. And thanks. It really hurts to snarf Diet Dr. Pepper ya know. I'm taking my burning nostrils to bed. Hmph. (7 hours ago)

    June 8, 2009

  • snarf back a rack o' ribs and slake it with a good lager.

    April 11, 2009

  • Adolescent slang- someone who farts in the bathtub and bites at the bubbles

    April 11, 2009