\ ˈnär(-ə)ld How to pronounce gnarled (audio) \

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

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On the first hole of the course — which is really the eighth hole of the club’s North Course — there’s a broken and gnarled oak tree about 80 yards up the right side of the fairway. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Henry Ford, Jerome Bettis and the history of Detroit Golf Club," 25 June 2019 The revolutionary ideals of freedom and equality that flowered in Virginia had become twisted and gnarled. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "Virginia debated ending slavery after Nat Turner’s revolt," 14 June 2019 Most of the landscapes are arid and golden, populated with gnarled trees. Sharon Mizota,, "María Berrío's dream-like collages deploy paper like paint," 17 June 2019 Many have suggested that the gnarled root, prized for its ability to grow in harsh, tropical environments, may be a key crop in reducing hunger throughout the world. Jennifer Leman, Scientific American, "The Bitter Truth: Scientists Sequence the Almond Genome," 13 June 2019 Floor-to-ceiling glass walls maximize views of the surrounding gnarled oak trees and a distant San Francisco Bay. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "A Silicon Valley Retreat Where ‘Star Trek’ Meets ‘Star Wars’," 6 Dec. 2018 But rooted to the front steps was an enormous ceiba tree, with orchids growing out of the gnarled, hide like trunk. Paula Mclain, Town & Country, "The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase," 12 July 2018 Outside this small city and throughout the region of Manchuela, old vineyards of bobal (pronounced boh-BAHL) grow resolutely in sandy limestone soils, recognizable by their thick gnarled vines, trained for decades into free-standing goblet shapes. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "The Grape From Manchuela," 21 June 2018 With wide, cylindrical trunks and gnarled branches, the trees appear to have been yanked out of the ground, flipped over and shoved back in, roots in the air. Amina Khan,, "Africa's baobab trees can live for more than 1,000 years, but the oldest and largest of them are dying," 11 June 2018

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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