tan·​gly ˈtaŋ-g(ə-)lē How to pronounce tangly (audio)
: full of tangles or knots : intricate

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Avoid the tangly mess by chopping the spinach after blanching (or once thawed from frozen). Kendra Vaculin, Bon Appétit, 11 July 2022 Wireless headphones of all varieties promise to function like the earbuds that came with your phone, just without the tangly mess of cords. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, 25 Feb. 2020 To clear away those tangly tendrils of solid mental anguish, Ash must use super paint. Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tangly was in 1813

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Cite this Entry

“Tangly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tangly. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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