gnarly

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adjective \ ˈnär-lē \

Definition of gnarly

gnarlier; gnarliest
1 :gnarled
  • gnarly branches
2 slang
a :difficult, hairy
  • skidded around gnarly hairpin turns
  • —Austin Murphy
b :bad, nasty
  • has some pretty gnarly karma coming
  • —Drew Barrymore
c :cool, good
  • some gnarly guitar playing

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Origin and Etymology of gnarly


GNARLY Defined for English Language Learners

gnarly

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adjective

Definition of gnarly for English Language Learners

  • : very difficult or bad

  • : very good


GNARLY Defined for Kids

gnarly

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adjective \ ˈnär-lē \

Definition of gnarly for Students

gnarlier; gnarliest

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