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1. Gnarled; misshapen.
2. Slang
a. Characterized by violent motion; powerful or turbulent: gnarly waves.
b. Unpleasant or difficult.
c. Remarkable; outstanding.


adj, gnarlier or gnarliest
1. another word for gnarled
2. informal NZ good; great
3. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) surfing slang difficult and dangerous


(ˈnɑr li)

adj. gnarl•i•er, gnarl•i•est.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.gnarly - used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots; "gnarled and knotted hands"; "a knobbed stick"
crooked - having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned; "crooked country roads"; "crooked teeth"
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With social media and skating getting so much more gnarlier now than it was back then, you actually have to be a full athlete if you want to stay alive.
Toyota's RAV4 and Honda's CRV are close rivals to the standard Cherokee models but not to this gnarlier Trailhawk version.
As I have seen his emphasis on fitness, strength and mental fortitude increase, he has done gnarlier and gnarlier things.
If I've had a gnarlier dream than this then it couldn't have been later than about three or four years old, when it's still just about OK to p*** the bed and scream for your parents.
The most baroque of (erstwhile) Marxist Freudians, having substituted the gnarlier Hegel and Lacan for Karl and Sigmund, Zizek typically draws out in his writings sharply defined contradictions, only to resolve them in a mist of categories imported from Georg and Jacques.
However, I am not one to sit and gaze, and for those hunting gnarlier climes: Grand Cayman has much more to offer.
Harris-Perry doesn't shy away from the gnarlier topics in her frequent appearances on MSNBC and other media venues, which is probably why she is sought after as a commentator.
In the late 1980s, Branson was the original hard-living surf punk, as famous for his tattoos and love of punk music as he was for his surfing, which only improved as the waves got bigger and gnarlier.
Sony Pictures Animation wants us to believe that the board-and-'berg riding penguins of their new cartoon feature, "Surf's Up," are way gnarlier than any marching, dancing or otherwise entertaining flightless birds you may have seen recently.
A gnarlier family tree is hard to imagine, and though some viewers will never sort it all out, the escapades and encounters are so cannily observed and played that a mood of confusion actually contributes to the frothy, emotionally dangerous mix.
From their early years slogging away to little reward and through the Brit pop piggybacking breakthrough, Pulp have always been gnarlier than your average outfit and the sudden fame seemed to wrong foot Jarvis, a man probably resigned to spending his life in the third division.