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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To snarl; growl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Snow.
  • v. To snarl or growl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A knot or gnarl in wood; hence, a tough, thickset man; -- written also gnarr.
  • intransitive v. To gnarl; to snarl; to growl; -- written also gnarr.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To growl or snarl, as a dog.
  • n. See knar.

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Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Webster 1913:

    n. (OE. knarre, gnarre, akin to OD. knor, G. knorren. Cf. Knar, Knur, Gnarl.) A knot or gnarl in wood; hence, a tough, thickset man; -- written also gnarr. (Archaic)
    He was . . . a thick gnarre. - Chaucer.

    v. i. (imp. & p. p. Gnarred (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Gnarring. See Gnarl.) To gnarl; to snarl; to growl; -- written also gnarr. (Archaic)
    At them he gan to rear his bristles strong, And felly
    gnarre. - Spenser.
    A thousand wants Gnarr at the heels of men. - Tennison.

    July 4, 2007