Snarl Definition

snärl
snarled, snarling, snarls
verb
snarled, snarling, snarls
To growl fiercely, baring the teeth, as a threatening dog does.
Webster's New World
To utter or give vent to with a snarl.
To snarl one's contempt.
Webster's New World
To speak harshly and sharply, as in anger, impatience, etc.
Webster's New World
To become knotted or tangled.
Webster's New World
To make (thread, hair, etc.) knotted or tangled.
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noun
snarls
A fierce, harsh growl.
Webster's New World
A harsh utterance expressing anger, impatience, etc.
Webster's New World
A knotted or tangled mass or tuft; tangle.
Hair full of snarls.
Webster's New World
A confused, disordered state or situation; complication; confusion.
Webster's New World

A knot or complication of hair, thread, or the like, difficult to disentangle; entanglement; hence, intricate complication; embarrassing difficulty.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
mazetanglesurly speechsullen growlangry wordscross wordsgnarlgrumblegrowlcomplicationentanglementwebskeinmorassmesh
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Other Word Forms of Snarl

Noun

Singular:
snarl
Plural:
snarls

Origin of Snarl

  • Frequentative of obsolete snar perhaps from Dutch or Low German snarren to rattle probably of imitative origin

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

  • Middle English snarle trap probably diminutive of snare snare1

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

  • From Middle English snarlen, frequentative of snare.

    From Wiktionary

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