What does snarl mean?

Definitions for snarl
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. snarlnoun

    a vicious angry growl

  2. snarlnoun

    an angry vicious expression

  3. tangle, snarl, mazeverb

    something jumbled or confused

    "a tangle of government regulations"

  4. snap, snarlverb

    utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone

    "The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer"; "The guard snarled at us"

  5. snarlverb

    make a snarling noise or move with a snarling noise

    "Bullets snarled past us"

  6. entangle, tangle, mat, snarlverb

    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass

    "The child entangled the cord"

  7. snarl, snarl up, embrangleverb

    make more complicated or confused through entanglements

Wiktionary

  1. snarlnoun

    A knot or complication of hair, thread, or the like, difficult to disentangle; entanglement; hence, intricate complication; embarrassing difficulty.

  2. snarlnoun

    The act of snarling; a growl; a surly or peevish expression; an angry contention.

  3. snarlverb

    To form raised work upon the outer surface of (thin metal ware) by the repercussion of a snarling iron upon the inner surface.

  4. snarlverb

    To entangle; to complicate; to involve in knots; as, to snarl a skein of thread.

  5. snarlverb

    To embarrass; to insnare.

  6. snarlverb

    To growl, as an angry or surly dog; to gnarl; to utter grumbling sounds.

  7. snarlverb

    To speak crossly; to talk in rude, surly terms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Snarlverb

    to form raised work upon the outer surface of (thin metal ware) by the repercussion of a snarling iron upon the inner surface

    Etymology: [From Snare, v. t.]

  2. Snarlverb

    to entangle; to complicate; to involve in knots; as, to snarl a skein of thread

    Etymology: [From Snare, v. t.]

  3. Snarlverb

    to embarrass; to insnare

    Etymology: [From Snare, v. t.]

  4. Snarlnoun

    a knot or complication of hair, thread, or the like, difficult to disentangle; entanglement; hence, intricate complication; embarrassing difficulty

    Etymology: [From Snare, v. t.]

  5. Snarlverb

    to growl, as an angry or surly dog; to gnarl; to utter grumbling sounds

    Etymology: [From Snare, v. t.]

  6. Snarlverb

    to speak crossly; to talk in rude, surly terms

    Etymology: [From Snare, v. t.]

  7. Snarlnoun

    the act of snarling; a growl; a surly or peevish expression; an angry contention

    Etymology: [From Snare, v. t.]

Freebase

  1. Snarl

    A snarl is a facial expression, where the upper lip is raised, and the nostrils widen, generally indicating hate, anger or pain. In addition to humans, other mammals including monkeys,rabbits and dogs snarl, often to warn others of their potential bite. In humans, snarling uses the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle. Snarling is often accompanied by or used synonymously with threatening vocalizations. The word "snarl" may also be used as an onomatopoeia for a threatening noise, as in the 'snarl' of a chainsaw. This usage may derive from misunderstanding the common expression describing a dog as "growling and snarling". One literary use of "snarl" to mean a noise is in The Lord of the Rings in the encounter with the barrow-wight: "In the dark there was a snarling noise".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Snarl

    snärl, v.i. to growl, as a surly dog: to speak in a surly manner.—v.t. to utter snarlingly.—n. a growl, a jealous quarrelsome utterance.—n. Snar′ler.—adjs. Snar′ling, growling, snappish; Snar′ly. [Prob. imit.; Low Ger. snarren, Ger. schnarren; conn. with Eng. snore.]

  2. Snarl

    snärl, v.t. to twist, entangle, confuse.—v.i. to become entangled.—n. a knot or any kind of complication: a squabble.—adj. Snarled, twisted.—ns. Snar′ling-ī′ron, -tool, a curved tool for snarling or fluting hollow metal-ware, &c.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of snarl in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of snarl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of snarl in a Sentence

  1. Julie Halstead:

    The pendulum of the political environment really swung in the past 10 years, there were more and more protests, which would snarl traffic. Opioid problems. Homelessness. Crime. It was encroaching where we lived.

  2. Goethe:

    We are accustomed to see men deride what they do not understand, and snarl at the good and beautiful because it lies beyond their sympathies.

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Translations for snarl

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  • FletschenGerman
  • φερνω κπ σε δυσκολη θεσηGreek
  • enredo, maraña, gruñir, quilombo, gruñido, enredarSpanish
  • ärähtää, sekasotku, ärinä, murista, vyyhti, murina, sotkea, äristäFinnish
  • sac de nœuds, embrouilleFrench
  • dèan dranndan, dranndanScottish Gaelic
  • ngangara, ngaraMāori
  • odwarkiwać, zaplątywać się, warczeć, odburkiwaćPolish
  • клубок, огрызаться, ворчать, узел, ворчание, рычание, рычатьRussian
  • homurdanma, homurtuTurkish

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. repugnant
    • B. askant
    • C. splay
    • D. ostensive

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