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knur + -le (“diminutive”), from Middle English knarre (“knot in wood”), earlier sense “a stone”, likely influenced by Old Norse knǫrr.
gnarl is a later variant, from gnarled, via knurled.
knurl (plural knurls)
- A contorted knot in wood.
- A crossgrained protuberance; a nodule; a boss or projection.
- A lined or crossgrained pattern of ridges or indentations rolled or pressed into a part for grip.
knurl (third-person singular simple present knurls, present participle knurling, simple past and past participle knurled)
- To roll or press a pattern of ridges or indentations into a part for grip.
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “gnarled”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
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