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snarly1

[snahr-lee]
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adjective, snarl·i·er, snarl·i·est.
  1. apt to snarl; easily irritated.

Origin of snarly1

First recorded in 1790–1800; snarl1 + -y1

snarly2

[snahr-lee]
adjective, snarl·i·er, snarl·i·est.
  1. full of knotty snarls; tangled.

Origin of snarly2

First recorded in 1640–50; snarl2 + -y1
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Examples from the Web for snarly

Historical Examples

  • You haven't been more than to say snarly since the accident!

    The Rose Garden Husband

    Margaret Widdemer

  • The hard, snarly astringency of his character had grown sweet and mild.

    Poganuc People

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Moze, however, replied with his snarly bark and climbed on steadily.

  • We are irritable at picnics, snarly at clambakes, and bored to death at dinners.

    Laugh and Live

    Douglas Fairbanks

  • And I can't get any more out of him; he is as snarly when I ask any questions as though he was mad about it all.