adjective (1)
\ ˈsnär-lē How to pronounce snarly (audio) \
snarlier; snarliest

Definition of snarly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: characterized by angry or irritable snarling or surliness The dog was black and snarly— Laurence 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


adjective (2)
snarlier; snarliest

Definition of snarly (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

First Known Use of snarly

Adjective (1)

1748, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1638, in the meaning defined above

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“Snarly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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