Gnarly meaning

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Pronounced "narlee," gnarly is a favorite word of high-tech enthusiasts to refer to something extreme, radical, perfection, over the top.
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Having or characterized by gnarls; gnarled.

On the right of the station were two gnarly cottonwood trees... "” Mark Goodwin, Last Words.

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(US slang) Dangerous.

When the swell struck, the North Shore got gnarly, and the wise ones hit the outer islands where the energy was just as juicy but a bit more organized. "” Surfer Magazine, March 1977

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(US slang) Unpleasant, awful, ugly.

We're not talking about a lame chick and a gnarly guy. We're talking about a couple of far-out dudes. "” D. Jenkins, Baja Oklahoma.

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"There ain't nothing gnarlier (apparently) than slapping on some brightly coloured sunblock to ward off the blinding spectre of dangerous, snow-reflected sunlight. "” Glasgow Sunday Herald, 16 January 2000

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(US slang) Of music or a sound, harsh.

"[She] displays the same love of gnarly fuzztones and shout-it-out-loud choruses that began back in her daze [sic] with local all-girl rockers the Runaways. "” Los Angeles Times, 12 October 1986

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Gnarled; misshapen.
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Origin of gnarly

  • In slang senses, particularly popularized by US surf culture in the 1970s.

    From Wiktionary

  • gnarl +"Ž -y.

    From Wiktionary