gnarl

1
[nahrl]

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

Synonyms for gnarl

gnarl

2
[nahrl]

verb (used without object)

to growl; snarl.

Origin of gnarl

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

1

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)

verb

(intr) obsolete to growl or snarl

Word Origin for gnarl

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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