snarl

snarl
snarl
snarl1 [snärl]
vi.
[extended from earlier snar, to growl, akin to Swed snarra, MHG, MDu, MLowG snarren, to growl < IE echoic base * (s)ner-, * (s)nur- > SNEER, SNORE, OIce norn, NORN]
1. to growl fiercely, baring the teeth, as a threatening dog
2. to speak harshly and sharply, as in anger, impatience, etc.
vt.
to utter or give vent to with a snarl [to snarl one's contempt]
n.
1. a fierce, harsh growl
2. a harsh utterance expressing anger, impatience, etc.
snarler
n.
snarlingly
adv.
snarl2 [snärl]
vt.
[ME snarlen < snare (see SNARE) + -len, -LE]
1. to make (thread, hair, etc.) knotted or tangled
2. to make disordered or confused; complicate [to snarl traffic]
3. to ornament (metalwork) with a raised design, as by hammering
vi.
to become knotted or tangled
n.
[ME snarle]
1. a knotted or tangled mass or tuft; tangle [hair full of snarls]
2. a confused, disordered state or situation; complication; confusion

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