A tangle of computer cords.
- 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.
transitive verb-·gled, -·gling
- 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 Swedish dialectal taggla to entangle
Origin of tangleOf Scandinavian origin Old Norse thöngull 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 Ã¾Ã¶ngull.