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.

Nearby words

  1. gmw,
  2. gn,
  3. gnamma hole,
  4. gnar,
  5. gnarl,
  6. gnarly,
  7. gnash,
  8. gnash one's teeth,
  9. gnashers,
  10. gnat

Origin of gnarled

First recorded in 1595–1605; variant of knurled

Related formsun·gnarled, adjective

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

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

gnarled

/ (nɑːld) /

adjective

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

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

gnarl

2

gnar (nɑː)

/ (nɑːl) /

verb

(intr) obsolete to growl or snarl

Word Origin for gnarl

C16: of imitative origin

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