Gnarled Definition

Knotty and twisted, as the trunk of an old tree.
Webster's New World
Roughened, hardened, sinewy, etc., as hands that do rough work.
Webster's New World
Rugged and roughened, as from old age or work.
The gnarled hands of a carpenter.
American Heritage

Simple past tense and past participle of gnarl (Etymology 1)


Simple past tense and past participle of gnarl (Etymology 2)


Origin of Gnarled

  • Variant of knurled, from knurl. Surface analysis is gnarl +‎ -ed, though gnarl is a later back-formation. Popular use by 19th century.

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably variant of knarled from knarl tangle, knot alteration of Middle English knarre knot in wood knar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested Shakespeare 1603:

    From Wiktionary

  • See gnarl (Etymology 2)

    From Wiktionary

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