snarled


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snarl 1

 (snärl)
v. snarled, snarl·ing, snarls
v.intr.
1. To growl viciously while baring the teeth.
2. To speak angrily or threateningly.
v.tr.
To utter with anger or hostility: snarled a retort.
n.
1. A vicious growl.
2. A vicious, hostile utterance.

[Frequentative of obsolete snar, perhaps from Dutch or Low German snarren, to rattle, probably of imitative origin.]

snarl′er n.
snarl′ing·ly adv.
snarl′y adj.

snarl 2

 (snärl)
n.
1. A tangled mass, as of hair or yarn.
2. A confused, complicated, or tangled situation: a traffic snarl.
v. snarled, snarl·ing, snarls
v.intr.
To become tangled or confused.
v.tr.
1. To tangle or knot (hair, for example).
2. To confuse or complicate: Snow snarled the morning commute.

[Middle English snarle, trap, probably diminutive of snare; see snare1.]

snarl′er n.
snarl′y adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.snarled - tangled in knots or snarls; "a mass of knotted string"; "snarled thread"
tangled - in a confused mass; "pushed back her tangled hair"; "the tangled ropes"
References in classic literature ?
At such moments, when his dogs snarled, the whole circle would be agitated, the wolves coming to their feet and pressing tentatively forward, a chorus of snarls and eager yelps rising about him.
She had snarled as she sprang away, baring her white fangs to their roots, all her wistfulness vanishing, being replaced by a carnivorous malignity that made him shudder.
Here and there savage dogs rushed upon him, but he bristled his neck-hair and snarled (for he was learning fast), and they let him go his way unmolested.
At night great beasts snarled and roared about their tiny cabin, but, so accustomed may one become to oft repeated noises, that soon they paid little attention to them, sleeping soundly the whole night through.
My dog snarled back and if she hadn't been muzzled, we know what would have happened.
The two incidents badly snarled up traffic in the area, which is the main route from Mir-field and Ravensthorpe into Dewsbury.