snarl

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A sphynx snarls at a dog.
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From Middle English snarlen, frequentative of snar (to snarl), equivalent to snar +‎ -le.

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snarl (plural snarls)

  1. A knot or complication of hair, thread, or the like, difficult to disentangle.
    Synonym: entanglement
  2. An intricate complication; a problematic difficulty.
  3. The act of snarling; a growl; a surly or peevish expression; an angry contention.
  4. A growl, for example that of an angry or surly dog, or similar; grumbling sounds.
  5. A squabble.
  6. A slow-moving traffic jam.

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

  1. (transitive) To entangle; to complicate; to involve in knots.
    to snarl a skein of thread
    • Edmund Spenser
      And from her back her garments she did tear, / And from her head oft rent her snarled hair []
  2. (intransitive) To become entangled.
  3. (transitive) To place in an embarrassing situation; to ensnare.
    • Latimer
      [the] question that they would have snarled him with
  4. (intransitive) To growl, like an angry or surly dog; to gnarl; to utter grumbling sounds.
  5. (transitive, intransitive) 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.
  6. To form raised work upon the outer surface of (thin metal ware) by the repercussion of a snarling iron upon the inner surface.

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snarl n (genitive singular snarls, no plural)

  1. a snack, a light meal

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