gnarly

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adjective \ˈnär-lē\

Definition of gnarly

gnarlier

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gnarliest

  1. 1 :  gnarled <gnarly branches>

  2. 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>

Origin and Etymology of gnarly

see gnarled


First Known Use: 1773


GNARLY Defined for English Language Learners

gnarly

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adjective \ˈnär-lē\

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

  1. :  gnarled

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