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adjective, knurl·i·er, knurl·i·est.
  1. having knurls or knots; gnarled.
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Origin of knurly

First recorded in 1595–1605; knurl + -y1
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Related Words for knurly

complicated, crooked, tortuous, gnarled, convoluted, intricate, tangled, wry, coiled, contorted, curving, meandering, twisted, sinuous, winding, curved, devious, errant, serpentine, twisting

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Historical Examples of knurly

  • With his knurly forefinger at his puckered forehead he sat and pondered.

    The Skipper and the Skipped

    Holman Day

  • And he does it all from the point of view of an early (a knurly) Christian.

British Dictionary definitions for knurly


adjective knurlier or knurliest
  1. a rare word for gnarled
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