snarlier; snarliest
: characterized by angry or irritable snarling or surliness
The dog was black and snarlyLaurence Sheehan
Despite his nickname, Hasek is a reticent man, earnest, sometimes snarly with the media.E. J. Hradek
Whoever would have expected to look fondly back upon Walter Winchell's snarly narration …Ralph Novak
The mere idea of taking this step and meeting their in-laws sends both of them into such paroxysms of anxiety they become instant boors, snarly and insufferable.People Weekly
… he heard the dry, angry, snarly, singsong whine of a tiger who has caught nothing and does not care if all the jungle knows it.Rudyard Kipling


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adjective (2)

snarlier; snarliest
: snarled or tending to become snarled or tangled
If the twist is increased still further the yarn becomes: Snarly and crinkly, and will shrink and snarl more when held in water.Marjorie A. Taylor

Examples of snarly in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1748, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1638, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snarly was in 1638

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“Snarly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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