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Definition of gnarled

1 : full of knots or gnarls : knotty gnarled hands gnarled olive trees
2 : crabbed in disposition, aspect, or character a gnarled old veteran

Examples of gnarled in a Sentence

the old man's gnarled fingers
Recent Examples on the Web The saints watched from the crook of a massive, gnarled, and knotted tree: Saint Ursula clutched a sword, and beneath her a warrior held her scepter. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "A Puerto Rican Fishing Road Trip for Silver Kings, Bigmouths, Mullet, and More," 27 May 2020 The keel lodges in the crook of a gnarled cedar trunk. Carson Vaughan, Outside Online, "Blood. Bruises. Cow Pies. Our Anniversary on the "Divorce River"," 27 Jan. 2020 There’s almost no cover too thick or too gnarled to fish effectively with a weedless frog. Steve Price, Field & Stream, "How to Fish for Bass with Topwater Frog Lures," 19 May 2020 The road traced seaside cliffs, which were lined with gnarled pines stretching out over the alluring water. Travel + Leisure, "How to Pull Off the Ultimate Turkey Trip by Bike and Boat," 14 May 2020 Guardiola’s team still played the pretty patterns, but United growled and gnarled and clawed them away. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Bruno Fernandes Effect: How Manchester United Turned the Tables," 8 Mar. 2020 Its surface bears the shadow of the gnarled plant that’s next to it on which rests the shadow of an otherwise unseen bird. Christopher Byrd, Washington Post, "Beautiful visuals and dreamy puzzles make ‘Luna The Shadow Dust’ an unusually enchanting game," 27 Feb. 2020 The creature is shown pressing a gnarled forefinger to an earlobe. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, "During the Coronavirus Outbreak, the Urge to Touch One’s Face Is Stronger Than Ever," 11 Mar. 2020 During a recent visit, waves of light cast the gnarled branches of blue oak trees into relief. Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times, "A Light Safari in Wine Country," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of gnarled

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gnarled

probably alteration of knurled

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The first known use of gnarled was in 1603

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9 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gnarled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gnarled

of wood : having many twists and hard bumps or knots
: bumpy or twisted


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Kids Definition of gnarled

: being twisted, rugged, or full of knots a gnarled old oak tree

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