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tangle

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[ tang-guhl ]
/ ˈtæŋ gəl /
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verb (used with object), tan·gled, tan·gling.
verb (used without object), tan·gled, tan·gling.
to be or become tangled.
Informal. to come into conflict; fight or argue: I don't want to tangle with him over the new ruling.
noun
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Origin of tangle

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English tangilen, tagilen “to entangle,” probably from a Scandinavian language; compare Swedish (dialect) taggla “to disarrange”

OTHER WORDS FROM tangle

tan·gle·ment, nountangler, nountangly, adverb

Other definitions for tangle (2 of 2)

tangle2
[ tang-guhl ]
/ ˈtæŋ gəl /

noun
any of several large seaweeds of the genus Laminaria.

Origin of tangle

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First recorded in 1530–40; from a Scandinavian language; compare Old Norse thǫngull “strand of tangle,” Norwegian tang
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British Dictionary definitions for tangle (1 of 2)

tangle1
/ (ˈtæŋɡəl) /

noun
a confused or complicated mass of hairs, lines, fibres, etc, knotted or coiled together
a complicated problem, condition, or situation
verb
to become or cause to become twisted together in a confused mass
(intr often foll by with) to come into conflict; contendto tangle with the police
(tr) to involve in matters which hinder or confuseto tangle someone in a shady deal
(tr) to ensnare or trap, as in a net

Derived forms of tangle

tanglement, nountangler, nountangly, adjective

Word Origin for tangle

C14 tangilen, variant of tagilen, probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish dialect taggla to entangle

British Dictionary definitions for tangle (2 of 2)

tangle2

tangle weed

/ (ˈtæŋɡəl) /

noun
alternative names (esp Scot) for oarweed

Word Origin for tangle

C16: of Scandinavian origin: compare Danish tang seaweed
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