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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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Nearby words

tangible, tangier, tangier disease, tangier zone, tangka, tangle, tangleberry, tangled, tanglewood, tango, tangor

Origin of tangle

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1300–50; Middle English tangilen, tagilen to entangle < Scandinavian; compare Swedish (dial.) taggla to disarrange
SYNONYMS FOR tangle
Related formstan·gle·ment, nountan·gler, nountan·gly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for tanglement

  • This saves a tanglement of various balls, as is inevitable if several colours are all going at once on a large piece of work.

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British Dictionary definitions for tanglement (1 of 2)

tangle

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/ (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 Formstanglement, 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 tanglement (2 of 2)

tangle

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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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