snarl

1
[snahrl]
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verb (used without object)

to growl threateningly or viciously, especially with a raised upper lip to bare the teeth, as a dog.
to speak in a surly or threatening manner suggestive of a dog's snarl.

verb (used with object)

to say by snarling: to snarl a threat.

noun

the act of snarling.
a snarling sound or utterance.

Nearby words

  1. snare,
  2. snare drum,
  3. snarf,
  4. snark,
  5. snarky,
  6. snarl-up,
  7. snarler,
  8. snarly,
  9. snash,
  10. snatch

Origin of snarl

1
1580–90; earlier snarle, equivalent to obsolete snar to snarl (cognate with Dutch, Low German snarren, German schnarren) + -le

Related formssnarl·er, nounsnarl·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for snarler

snarler

noun

an animal or a person that snarls
NZ informal a sausage

snarl

1

verb

(intr) (of an animal) to growl viciously, baring the teeth
to speak or express (something) viciously or angrily

noun

a vicious growl, utterance, or facial expression
the act of snarling
Derived Formssnarling, adjectivesnarlingly, adverbsnarly, adjective

Word Origin for snarl

C16: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German snarren, Middle Dutch snarren to drone

snarl

2

noun

a tangled mass of thread, hair, etc
a complicated or confused state or situation
a knot in wood

verb

(often foll by up) to be, become, or make tangled or complicated
(tr often foll by up) to confuse mentally
(tr) to flute or emboss (metal) by hammering on a tool held against the under surface
Derived Formssnarler, nounsnarly, adjective

Word Origin for snarl

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Swedish snarel noose, Old Norse snara snare 1

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