Gnarled definition

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Having gnarls; knotty or misshapen.

Gnarled branches.

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Rugged and roughened, as from old age or work.

The gnarled hands of a carpenter.

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Knotty and twisted, as the trunk of an old tree.
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Roughened, hardened, sinewy, etc., as hands that do rough work.
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Made rough by age or hard work.
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Simple past tense and past participle of gnarl (Etymology 1)
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Simple past tense and past participle of gnarl (Etymology 2)
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The definition of gnarled is being knotty, roughened or misshapen.

An example of something gnarled is the trunk of an old oak tree.

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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of gnarled - knarled

Origin of gnarled

  • 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

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

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested Shakespeare 1603:

    From Wiktionary

  • See gnarl (Etymology 2)

    From Wiktionary