Are You Snarky? Synonyms for Sarcastic

Sarcasm often gets a bad wrap. Look up the word sarcasm on Google, and this is the first definition you’ll see: “the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.”

Indeed, one can be sarcastic with a mean motive. But what many people tend to call sarcasm today is really comic irony. Perhaps a better definition for modern usage is the first one given by Merriam-Webster: “the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really want to say especially in order to insult someone, to show irritation, or to be funny.”

Yeah, those last two are what I do. Not really the first.

In case you need some alternatives for the word sarcastic, here I come to the rescue!

Super Sarcastic Girl

Snarky. This has become my favorite. Although around since 1906, it’s been used more often in recent years. It derives from a word meaning “snort,” which is about the way a good snarky comment can come across.

Sarky. In case that word above just has too many letters, you can go with the British (or more specifically, Cockney) slang version of sarcastic — sarky. Which really just sounds like you’re too lazy to use three syllables and shortened it to two.

Quippish. You know what a quip is — “a clever usually taunting remark.” But did you know there’s an adjective version? Yep, it’s quippish. It’s not often used or even included in some dictionaries, but we can bring it back into fashion.

Witty. Let’s face it. If you’re good at sarcasm, you’re witty, which is defined as “showing or characterized by quick and inventive verbal humor.” You can be witty-mean or witty-funny, and that part is your choice.

Use your snarky, sarky, quippish wit with care. While studies have shown that “exposure to sarcasm enhances creative problem solving, the effects aren’t all positive; some people take sarcasm as truly insulting.

But if you’re looking for someplace to celebrate your sarcastic wit, you can share your sarcasm with me or you can check out the Sarcasm Society (also on Facebook).

And now here’s my un-sarcastic report on my progress for A Round of Words in 80 Days, the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

ROW80 Update

1. Read 12 books. I read No More Christian Nice Girl: When Just Being Nice–Instead of Good–Hurts You, Your Family, and Your Friends by Paul Coughlin and Jennifer D. PhD Degler (nonfiction obviously). And I’m two-thirds through Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain. 9 2/3 of 12 finished!

2. Finish editing SHARING HUNTER, a young adult contemporary novel. Yay, I got quite a bit of plotting done this week! I’m working on summarizing scenes and seeing where I need to beef up and where I need to press delete. Call this week a win! (Finally.)

3. Edit one short story to publication quality. I found two teenage girls to read the short story and give their feedback. Once I get their comments, I’ll finish editing and polishing. On hold.

4. Publish and promote two short storiesMy Sister’s Demon is available on Amazon and coming soon to Barnes & Noble. Half done!

5. Stay on top of ROW80 sponsor duties. Visited 7 blogs this week. Lots of great progress and exciting news out there! Done.

So are you a sarcastic person? What word do you use to refer to yourself or others who use comic, or abrasive, irony? And how was your week?

P.S. I wasted a ton of time enjoyed spending time creating a superhero, which you can do as well at

19 thoughts on “Are You Snarky? Synonyms for Sarcastic

  1. Me? Sarcastic? I wouldn’t dream of it. 🙂 Congrats on My Sister’s Demon. You’re rocking it out, by the looks of your goals. Great job, Julie.

  2. I can be sarcastic sometimes, Julie, but my snarky, witty, quippish cab driver friend is much better at it–LOL. I started the week feeling down and depressed and still have to take things one minute at a time. I ended the week feeling a little better mentally, but not so hot physically. But, I am going to work tomorrow, Mr. Short, Dark…& Snarky…LOL…
    And the story I wrote with my alter ego, Vi LaNance, is for sale on Amazon as of yesterday so I got something done.

  3. I always thought “snarky” carried a connotation of “mean-spirted,” whereas witty or sarcastic are just that. As much as I might try, I’m seldom snarky, mean-spirited or otherwise. You’ve never come across as snarky to me–but definitely witty! Love the word “quippish,” though–that says exactly what it’s supposed to!

    1. That’s interesting, Jennette. I think these connotations may be different with different people. Snarky always seemed like fun sarcasm to me, rather than mean-spirited. But I agree that “quippish” is a nice word. Maybe I should pick a new fave!

  4. I’m not sure about those synonyms. “Quippish” sounds like something Harry Potter plays, “snarky” sounds like a member of the Banana Splits (the elephant), and “sarky” sounds like a brand of Scotch. “Witty” is all right, but I don’t think of it in the same vein as “sarcastic.” But I’ll find a way to use these, anyway. That’d be a good writing exercise, wouldn’t it? Use all four in a paragraph…

    Seriously, you done real good this week.

  5. I’ve always been a fan of snarky (it’s actually the word I used in my character profile for the MC in my current novel). Oh, and by the way, Super Sarcastic Girl is very impressive 🙂

  6. I can be a tad sarcastic – but always say I only do that if I love the person! Snarky is a great word. Sounds like you’ve had a busy productive week.

  7. What fun! I can be fluent in sarcasm when I let myself go, and it really surprises some of my friends! If I use it in print, though, it just comes out mean. I’ll have to work on that, because snarkiness is fun!

    And how is it I haven’t been over to your blog in, like, forever? (Hmm, I suppose hyperbole doesn’t fall under the sarcastic umbrella.) I LOVE your logline! Subscribing now so I don’t forget. Cheers!

  8. Thank you for this post! Sarcasm leaks out of my pores without me being able to do anything about it Lol but I am not always trying to be an ass, I just like laughs 🙂 Great post!

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