snarler

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

snarl +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

snarler (plural snarlers)

  1. (literally) one who snarls
    • 2004, Frank Scoblete, The Craps Underground, page 91:
      "Yeah," snarled the other guy, "well, why don't you write this down: You can't bet more than that $100 chip from now on. You can only play one hand and" — he turned to the dealer — "shuffle up on every couple of rounds, you hear me?"
      [...]
      "You don't mind if I play craps?" I asked them as I parted. "I'm not going to be hassled at craps, am I?"
      "Play craps all you want," said the snarler, triumphant in his knowledge that no one could beat craps.
  2. (by extension) a person with a disagreeable or antagonistic temperament
    • 1830, The New British novelist: comprising works by the most popular and fashionable writers of the present day, page 123:
      Tecla was neither a snarler nor a crab, but a good simple lady; yet she was a beata — one of the most temperate species.
    • 1847, James Mackay and Joseph Salkeld, editors, The Evergreen, volume IV; page 87:
      The domestic snarler is felt to be a curse and an ignoble varlet, since for small reasons, or no reasons, he will disturb domestic peace and engender discomfort.
    • September 1867, Bertie Club Table Talk, "reported by Feuilleton", published in Scott's Monthly Magazine, volume 4, number 3, W. J. Scott (editor), page 695:
      [...]; his acquaintance with Wordsworth, whose Midas-ears he really persuaded himself to admire ; his intercourse with Godwin ; and his close alliance with that perverse and wrong-headed but brilliant snarler, Hazlitt.
    • 1894, Henry Goldsmith, Our Alma: An Australian Story: page 51:
      But Ned had a great opinion of Mrs. Badgery's capabilities, and though forced to admit that her unbending manner and her ability to make good use of her tongue when occasion demanded it, justified the appellation of a snarler, [...]
    • 2010, Kate Jennings, Trouble: Evolution of a Radical: Selected Writings 1970-2010, page 36:
      I was a snarler. I prided myself on being a snarler. I would go to great lengths to avoid stereotypical feminine behaviour. I thought that in being outrageous or out of control, which I viewed as synonymous, I was thumbing my nose at the patriarchy. My biggest fear about AA was that I would lose my edge. Turn into blancmange.
  3. One who uses a snarling iron.