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- Rhymes: -ɑː(r)l
snarl (plural snarls)
- A knot or complication of hair, thread, or the like, difficult to disentangle.
- Synonym: entanglement
- An intricate complication; a problematic difficulty.
- The act of snarling; a growl; a surly or peevish expression; an angry contention.
- A growl, for example that of an angry or surly dog, or similar; grumbling sounds.
- A squabble.
- A slow-moving traffic jam.
- (entangled situation): imbroglio
knot or complication of hair, thread, or the like, difficult to disentangle
act of snarling
- (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 […]
- (intransitive) To become entangled.
- (transitive) To place in an embarrassing situation; to ensnare.
- [the] question that they would have snarled him with
- (intransitive) To growl, like an angry or surly dog; to gnarl; to utter grumbling sounds.
- (transitive, intransitive) To speak crossly; to talk in rude, surly terms.
- It is malicious and unmanly to snarl at the little lapses of a pen, from which Virgil himself stands not exempted.
- To form raised work upon the outer surface of (thin metal ware) by the repercussion of a snarling iron upon the inner surface.
To form raised work upon the outer surface of
To speak crossly
- snarl in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- snarl in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- snarl at OneLook Dictionary Search
Back-formation from snarla.
snarl n (genitive singular snarls, no plural)
- snack (light meal)
declension of snarl