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snarl

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verb \ˈsnär(-ə)l\

Definition of snarl

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to become knotted and intertwined :  tangle

  3. 2 :  to make excessively complicated

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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


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snarl

noun

Definition of snarl

  1. 1 :  a tangle especially of hairs or thread :  knot

  2. 2 :  a tangled situation <traffic snarls>

snarly play \ˈsnär-lē\ adjective


Origin of snarl

Middle English snarle snare, noose, probably from snarlen, verb


First Known Use: 1609

Rhymes with snarl


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snarl

verb

Definition of snarl

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to growl with a snapping, gnashing, or display of teeth

  3. 2 :  to give vent to anger in surly language

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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


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snarl

noun

Definition of snarl

  1. :  a surly angry growl

snarly play \ˈsnär-lē\ adjective


1613

First Known Use of snarl

1613




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