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

adj. gnarl•i•er, gnarl•i•est.
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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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They were twisted and gnarly, and with scarcely the semblance of the full meaty calf such as graces your leg and mine.
Out of one window I can see the garden, those mysterious deepshaded arbors, the riotous old-fashioned flowers, and bushes and gnarly trees.
I sipped Gnarly Head Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2016 (PS15.95, which was deliciously fruity and spicy in the lunchtime sun and such a perfect name.
For years I shied away from gnarly off-road trails but I am learning that a good bike can make a big difference to my skills.
The ribbon-cutting will be on the trail in West DuPage Woods west of Gnarly Knots Pretzel Co., 27W570 High Lake Road in Winfield.
It's always been a difficult and gnarly spot to skate, which is probably why it became one of the first proving grounds in Hawaiian skateboarding.
Nearest to the Gnarly Number is designed for two players and can be easily modified to allow for participation by primary school students of all ages and abilities (see Differentiating the game).
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While attempting to raise enough cash to escape to Mexico with his wife, he becomes suspicious of his gnarly old neighbour who may be harbouring a secret even more nefarious than his own.
The chills revolve around a troubled mum (Maria Bello) and her two kids (Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman) who start seeing a gnarly, straggly haired woman during the night.
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You can't just stick anything plastic under your skin without suffering from extreme consequences, which could include major infections or some pretty gnarly scarring.