To snarl is to say something mean in a bad tempered way, or when an animal bares its teeth and growls.(verb)
See snarl in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: extended from earlier snar, to growl, akin to Swed snarra, MHG, MDu, MLowG snarren, to growl < IE echoic base *(s)ner-, *(s)nur- > sneer, snore, OIce norn, Norn
Origin: ME snarlen < snare (see snare) + -len, -le
Origin: ME snarle
See snarl in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb snarled, snarl·ing, snarls verb, intransitive
Origin: Frequentative of obsolete snar
Origin: , perhaps from Dutch
Origin: or Low German snarren, to rattle
Origin: , probably of imitative origin.
Origin: Middle English snarle, trap
Origin: , probably diminutive of snare; see snare1.
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