- 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.
- to say by snarling: to snarl a threat.
- the act of snarling.
- a snarling sound or utterance.
Origin of snarl1
Examples from the Web for snarler
The universal outburst of indignation from the press scared the opprobrious lines speedily out of the snarler's pages.
- an animal or a person that snarls
- NZ informal a sausage
- (intr) (of an animal) to growl viciously, baring the teeth
- to speak or express (something) viciously or angrily
- a vicious growl, utterance, or facial expression
- the act of snarling
- a tangled mass of thread, hair, etc
- a complicated or confused state or situation
- a knot in wood
- (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
Word Origin and History for snarler
"growl and bare the teeth," 1580s, perhaps from Dutch or Low German snarren "to rattle," probably of imitative origin (cf. German schnarren "to rattle," schnurren "to hum, buzz"). Meaning "speak in a harsh manner" first recorded 1690s. Related: Snarled; snarling.
"to tangle, to catch in a snare or noose" (trans.), late 14c., from a noun snarl "a snare, a noose" (late 14c.), probably a diminutive of snare (n.1). Intransitive sense "become twisted or entangled" is from c.1600. Related: Snarled; snarling.
"a sharp growl accompanied by a display of the teeth," 1610s, from snarl (v.2).
late 14c., "a snare, noose," from snarl (v.1). Meaning "a tangle, a knot" is first attested c.1600. Meaning "a traffic jam" is from 1933.