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Definitions for gnarly
ˈnɑr lignar·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gnarled, gnarly, knotted, knotty, knobbedadjective

    used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots

    "gnarled and knotted hands"; "a knobbed stick"


  1. gnarlyadjective

    having or characterized by gnarls; gnarled

    On the right of the station were two gnarly cottonwood trees... uE000140784uE001 Mark Goodwin, Last Words

  2. gnarlyadjective


    When the swell struck, the North Shore got gnarly, and the wise ones hit the outer islands where the energy was just as juicy but a bit more organized. uE000140785uE001 Surfer Magazine, March 1977

  3. gnarlyadjective

    unpleasant, awful, ugly

    We're not talking about a lame chick and a gnarly guy. We're talking about a couple of far-out dudes. uE000140786uE001 D. Jenkins, Baja Oklahoma

  4. gnarlyadjective

    excellent, attractive

    "There ain't nothing gnarlier (apparently) than slapping on some brightly coloured sunblock to ward off the blinding spectre of dangerous, snow-reflected sunlight. uE000140787uE001 Glasgow Sunday Herald, 16 January 2000

  5. gnarlyadjective

    Of music or a sound, harsh

    "[She] displays the same love of gnarly fuzztones and shout-it-out-loud choruses that began back in her daze [sic] with local all-girl rockers the Runaways. uE000140788uE001 Los Angeles Times, 12 October 1986


  1. gnarly

    Gnarly is a slang term originating from surf culture, but now used more broadly, that can have both positive and negative connotations depending on the context. In a positive context, it is often used to describe something that's extremely good, excellent, cool, or impressive. In a negative context, it can refer to something that's tough, challenging, extreme, complicated, or even unpleasant. When describing a physical object, like a tree trunk for example, gnarly refers to something that's rough, twisted, or distorted.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gnarlyadjective

    full of knots; knotty; twisted; crossgrained

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. gnarly

    Both obscure and hairy (sense 1). “Yow! — the tuned assembler implementation of BitBlt is really gnarly!” From a similar but less specific usage in surfer slang.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gnarly in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gnarly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of gnarly in a Sentence

  1. Bam Margera:

    I did not know that I had gnarly Covid and my body was shutting down. I went into four seizures, each one lasting 10 to 20 minutes. On the fourth one I bit my tongue so hard it was nearly falling off. It got so swollen and puffy it wouldn’t fit in my mouth. I was drinking the infected blood, which gave me pneumonia, as well. i went to the hospital and had my fifth seizure and then couldn’t breathe without a tube down my throat. I woke up five days later thinking I was there for just a couple hours. I spent eight days in there.

  2. Ryan Navales:

    After destroying my family, in and out of jail, in and out of treatment, I was living on the streets and doing what people have to do on the streets to support a really gnarly heroin habit, in August of 2011, I was brought to the Midnight Mission homeless.

  3. Scarlett Johansson:

    I think you'll learn about what Natasha Romanoff is afraid of, and I think you'll learn about what parts of Natasha Romanoff Natasha Romanoff's afraid of, you really see Natasha Romanoff in, like, a pretty broken-down place, and Natasha Romanoff kinda has to build Natasha Romanoff back up and pull all the pieces together in this film. It gets kind of gnarly, but good gnarly.

  4. Sterling Anderson:

    You've taken at least one gnarly part of the equation out, you no longer have a human exposed at quite the rate. On the logistics side, this is a tremendous opportunity.

  5. Angelo Nicolo of Trenton:

    I saw two police officers escort a guy that got shot in the leg. They bandaged him up and whisked him away before the ambulance came here. It was pretty gnarly.

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    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    A embellish
    B cleave
    C abduct
    D abase

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