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gnarl1

[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 gnarl1

First recorded in 1805–15; back formation from gnarled

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gnarl2

[nahrl]
verb (used without object)
  1. to growl; snarl.
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Origin of gnarl2

First recorded in 1585–95; variant of gnar
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Historical Examples

  • Rest assured I shall have my eye upon the gnarling scoundrels.

    Rookwood

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • Gnarling sorrow hath less power to bite / The man that mocks at it and sets it light.


British Dictionary definitions for gnarling

gnarl1

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

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

gnarl2

gnar (nɑː)

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

C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for gnarling

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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