Meaning of snarl


Pronunciation: (snärl), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to growl threateningly or viciously, esp. with a raised upper lip to bare the teeth, as a dog.
  2. to speak in a surly or threatening manner suggestive of a dog's snarl.
  1. to say by snarling: to snarl a threat.
  1. the act of snarling.
  2. a snarling sound or utterance.


Pronunciation: (snärl), [key]
— n.
  1. a tangle, as of thread, hair, or wire.
  2. a complicated or confused condition or matter: a traffic snarl.
  3. a knot in wood.
  1. to bring into a tangled condition, as thread or hair.
  2. to render complicated or confused: The questions snarled him up.
  3. to raise or emboss, as parts of a thin metal vessel, by hammering on a tool held against the inner surface of the vessel.
  1. to become tangled; get into a tangle.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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