gnarled

[ nahrld ]
/ nɑrld /

adjective

(of trees) full of or covered with gnarls; bent; twisted.
having a rugged, weather-beaten appearance: a gnarled old sea captain.
crabby; cantankerous.

Origin of gnarled

First recorded in 1595–1605; variant of knurled

Related forms

un·gnarled, adjective

Definition for gnarled (2 of 3)

gnarl

1
[ nahrl ]
/ nɑrl /

noun

a knotty protuberance on a tree; knot.

verb (used with object)

to twist into a knotted or distorted form.

Origin of gnarl

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

Definition for gnarled (3 of 3)

gnarl

2
[ nahrl ]
/ nɑrl /

verb (used without object)

to growl; snarl.

Origin of gnarl

2
First recorded in 1585–95; variant of gnar
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British Dictionary definitions for gnarled (1 of 3)

gnarled

/ (nɑːld) /

adjective

having gnarls
(esp of hands) rough, twisted, and weather-beaten in appearance
perverse or ill-tempered

British Dictionary definitions for gnarled (2 of 3)

gnarl

1
/ (nɑːl) /

noun

any knotty protuberance or swelling on a tree

verb

(tr) to knot or cause to knot

Word Origin for gnarl

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

British Dictionary definitions for gnarled (3 of 3)

gnarl

2

gnar (nɑː)

/ (nɑːl) /

verb

(intr) obsolete to growl or snarl

Word Origin for gnarl

C16: of imitative origin
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