snarl

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A sphinx snarls at a dog.
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From Middle English snarlen, frequentative of snare.

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snarl (plural snarls)

  1. A knot or complication of hair, thread, or the like, difficult to disentangle; entanglement; hence, intricate complication; embarrassing difficulty.
  2. The act of snarling; a growl; a surly or peevish expression; an angry contention.
  3. A growl, as of an angry or surly dog, or similar; grumbling sounds

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snarl (third-person singular simple present snarls, present participle snarling, simple past and past participle snarled)

  1. To form raised work upon the outer surface of (thin metal ware) by the repercussion of a snarling iron upon the inner surface.
  2. To entangle; to complicate; to involve in knots.
    to snarl a skein of thread
    • Spenser
      And from her back her garments she did tear, / And from her head oft rent her snarled hair []
  3. To embarrass; to ensnare.
    • Latimer
      [the] question that they would have snarled him with
  4. To growl, as an angry or surly dog; to gnarl; to utter grumbling sounds.
  5. To speak crossly; to talk in rude, surly terms.
    • Dryden
      It is malicious and unmanly to snarl at the little lapses of a pen, from which Virgil himself stands not exempted.

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snarl n (genitive singular snarls, no plural)

  1. a snack, a light meal

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