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gnarl

1
[nahrl]
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noun
  1. a knotty protuberance on a tree; knot.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to twist into a knotted or distorted form.
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Origin of gnarl

1
First recorded in 1805–15; back formation from gnarled

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gnarl

2
[nahrl]
verb (used without object)
  1. to growl; snarl.
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Origin of gnarl

2
First recorded in 1585–95; variant of gnar
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Related Words for gnarl

screw, tangle, moan, grunt, howl, rumble, growl, cry, snarl, yap, bark, mutter, roar, writhe, deform, skew, cripple, impair, contort, maim

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Historical Examples of gnarl

  • In a little while he returned, carrying a gnarl of pine wood, which he set to blazing at the fire.

    The Red Tavern

    Charles Raymond Macauley

  • The ball is a knob or gnarl from the trunk of a tree, carefully formed into a globular shape.


British Dictionary definitions for gnarl

gnarl

1
noun
  1. any knotty protuberance or swelling on a tree
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verb
  1. (tr) to knot or cause to knot
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Word Origin for gnarl

C19: back formation from gnarled, probably variant of knurled; see knurl

gnarl

2

gnar (nɑː)

verb
  1. (intr) obsolete to growl or snarl
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Word Origin for gnarl

C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gnarl

v.

"contort, twist," 1814, a back-formation from gnarled. As a noun from 1824. Earlier the verb was used in a sense of "to snarl" (1590s).

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