snarl


1snarl

verb \ˈsnär(-ə)l\

Definition of SNARL

transitive verb
1
:  to cause to become knotted and intertwined :  tangle
2
:  to make excessively complicated
intransitive verb
:  to become snarled
snarl·er noun

Origin of SNARL

Middle English, to trap, entangle, probably frequentative of snaren to snare
First Known Use: 14th century

2snarl

noun

Definition of SNARL

1
:  a tangle especially of hairs or thread :  knot
2
:  a tangled situation <traffic snarls>
snarly \ˈsnär-lē\ adjective

Origin of SNARL

Middle English snarle snare, noose, probably from snarlen, verb
First Known Use: 1609

Rhymes with SNARL

3snarl

verb

Definition of SNARL

intransitive verb
1
:  to growl with a snapping, gnashing, or display of teeth
2
:  to give vent to anger in surly language
transitive verb
:  to utter or express with a snarl or by snarling
snarl·er noun

Origin of SNARL

frequentative of obsolete English snar to growl; akin to Middle Low German snorren to drone, rattle
First Known Use: 1589

4snarl

noun

Definition of SNARL

:  a surly angry growl
snarly \ˈsnär-lē\ adjective

First Known Use of SNARL

1613

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