- The definition of a tangle is a confusion, trapping or a mess.
An example of a tangle is a person stuck in a spider web.
- Tangle is defined as to fight, trap, or make a knot.
- An example of tangle is for two young boys to fight on the playground.
- An example of tangle is to catch strands of hair in a brush.
A tangle of computer cords.
transitive verbtangled, tangling
- to hinder, obstruct, or confuse by or as by covering, circling, entwining, etc.
- to catch in or as in a net or snare; trap
- to make a knot or snarl of; intertwist
Origin of tangleMiddle English tanglen, probably nasalized variant, variety of taglen, to entangle, akin to Swedish dialect, dialectal taggla, to disarrange
- to become tangled
- Informal to fight, quarrel, or argue
- an intertwisted, confused mass of things, as string, branches, etc.; snarl
- a jumbled, confused condition
- a perplexed state
- Informal a fight, quarrel, or argument
verbtan·gled, tan·gling, tan·gles
- To mix together or intertwine in a confused mass; snarl: The fishing lines from the two boats were tangled.
- To catch or ensnare in an intertwined or confused mass: A turtle was tangled in the fishing net.
- To involve in a complicated situation or in circumstances from which it is difficult to disengage: He got tangled up in a scheme to commit fraud.
- To be or become entangled.
- Informal To enter into argument, dispute, or conflict: tangled with the law.
- A confused, intertwined mass: a tangle of blood vessels.
- A jumbled or confused state or condition: a tangle of conflicting reports.
- Informal An argument or altercation.
Origin of tangleMiddle English tangilen, to involve in an embarrassing situation, variant of tagilen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialectal taggla, to entangle.
Origin of tangleOf Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse th&odie;ngull, seaweed.
(third-person singular simple present tangles, present participle tangling, simple past and past participle tangled)
- (intransitive) to become mixed together or intertwined
- Her hair was tangled from a day in the wind.
- (intransitive) to be forced into some kind of situation
- (intransitive) to enter into an argument, conflict, dispute, or fight
- Don't tangle with someone three times your size.
- He tangled with the law.
- to mix together or intertwine
- to catch and hold
Origin uncertain; apparently a variant form of tagle.
Of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian tongul, Faroese tongul, Icelandic þöngull.