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verb (used without object)
  1. to growl threateningly or viciously, especially with a raised upper lip to bare the teeth, as a dog.
  2. to speak in a surly or threatening manner suggestive of a dog's snarl.
verb (used with object)
  1. to say by snarling: to snarl a threat.
  1. the act of snarling.
  2. a snarling sound or utterance.

Origin of snarl1

1580–90; earlier snarle, equivalent to obsolete snar to snarl (cognate with Dutch, Low German snarren, German schnarren) + -le
Related formssnarl·er, nounsnarl·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for snarler

Historical Examples

  • The universal outburst of indignation from the press scared the opprobrious lines speedily out of the snarler's pages.

    Homes and haunts of the most eminent British poets, Vol. II (of 2)

    William Howitt

British Dictionary definitions for snarler


  1. an animal or a person that snarls
  2. NZ informal a sausage


  1. (intr) (of an animal) to growl viciously, baring the teeth
  2. to speak or express (something) viciously or angrily
  1. a vicious growl, utterance, or facial expression
  2. the act of snarling
Derived Formssnarling, adjectivesnarlingly, adverbsnarly, adjective

Word Origin

C16: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German snarren, Middle Dutch snarren to drone


  1. a tangled mass of thread, hair, etc
  2. a complicated or confused state or situation
  3. a knot in wood
  1. (often foll by up) to be, become, or make tangled or complicated
  2. (tr often foll by up) to confuse mentally
  3. (tr) to flute or emboss (metal) by hammering on a tool held against the under surface
Derived Formssnarler, nounsnarly, adjective

Word Origin

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Swedish snarel noose, Old Norse snara snare 1
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Word Origin and History for snarler



"growl and bare the teeth," 1580s, perhaps from Dutch or Low German snarren "to rattle," probably of imitative origin (cf. German schnarren "to rattle," schnurren "to hum, buzz"). Meaning "speak in a harsh manner" first recorded 1690s. Related: Snarled; snarling.



"to tangle, to catch in a snare or noose" (trans.), late 14c., from a noun snarl "a snare, a noose" (late 14c.), probably a diminutive of snare (n.1). Intransitive sense "become twisted or entangled" is from c.1600. Related: Snarled; snarling.



"a sharp growl accompanied by a display of the teeth," 1610s, from snarl (v.2).



late 14c., "a snare, noose," from snarl (v.1). Meaning "a tangle, a knot" is first attested c.1600. Meaning "a traffic jam" is from 1933.

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