Definitions for tangleˈtæŋ gəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tan•gleˈtæŋ gəl(v.; n.)-gled, -gling

  1. (v.t.)to bring together into a mass of confusedly interlaced or intertwisted strands; snarl.

  2. to involve in something that hampers, obstructs, or overgrows.

  3. to catch and hold in or as if in a net or snare.

  4. (v.i.)to be or become tangled.

  5. to come into conflict; fight or argue.

    Category: Informal

  6. (n.)a tangled condition or situation.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. a tangled mass; snarl.

  8. a confused jumble; maze.

  9. a conflict; disagreement.

    Category: Informal

Origin of tangle:

1300–50; ME ta(n)gilen to entangle


tan•gleˈtæŋ gəl(n.)

  1. any of several large seaweeds of the genus


    Category: Microbiology

Origin of tangle:

1530–40; < Scand; cf. ON thǫngull strand of tangle, Norw tang

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tangle(noun)

    a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven

    "they carved their way through the tangle of vines"

  2. tangle, snarl, maze(verb)

    something jumbled or confused

    "a tangle of government regulations"

  3. embroil, tangle, sweep, sweep up, drag, drag in(verb)

    force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action

    "They were swept up by the events"; "don't drag me into this business"

  4. ravel, tangle, knot(verb)

    tangle or complicate

    "a ravelled story"

  5. tousle, dishevel, tangle(verb)

    disarrange or rumple; dishevel

    "The strong wind tousled my hair"

  6. entangle, tangle, mat, snarl(verb)

    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass

    "The child entangled the cord"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tangle(verb)ˈtæŋ gəl

    to twist parts together, or become twisted

    Don't tangle the strings.; The fishing line tangled in the propeller.

  2. tangle(noun)ˈtæŋ gəl

    a twisted pile of things

    a ball of wool lying in a tangle on the floor

  3. tangle(adjective)ˈtæŋ gəl

    with parts twisted together

    tangled hair; Be careful or the lines will get tangled.

  4. tangleˈtæŋ gəl

    very complicated

    the play's tangled story line

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tangle(noun)

    to unite or knit together confusedly; to interweave or interlock, as threads, so as to make it difficult to unravel the knot; to entangle; to ravel

  2. Tangle(noun)

    to involve; to insnare; to entrap; as, to be tangled in lies

  3. Tangle(verb)

    to be entangled or united confusedly; to get in a tangle

  4. Tangle(noun)

    any large blackish seaweed, especially the Laminaria saccharina. See Kelp

  5. Tangle

    a knot of threads, or other thing, united confusedly, or so interwoven as not to be easily disengaged; a snarl; as, hair or yarn in tangles; a tangle of vines and briers. Used also figuratively

  6. Tangle

    an instrument consisting essentially of an iron bar to which are attached swabs, or bundles of frayed rope, or other similar substances, -- used to capture starfishes, sea urchins, and other similar creatures living at the bottom of the sea


  1. Tangle

    Tangle is the second album by Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, released in 1989 through Thwart Productions.

Anagrams of tangle

  1. Langet

Translations for tangle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an untidy, confused or knotted state

The child's hair was in a tangle.

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