American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having gnarls; knotty or misshapen: gnarled branches.
- adj. Morose or peevish; crabbed.
- adj. Rugged and roughened, as from old age or work: the gnarled hands of a carpenter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. knotty and misshapen
- adj. made rough by age or hard work
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of gnarl. (Etymology 1)
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of gnarl. (Etymology 2)
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Knotty; full of knots or gnarls; twisted; crossgrained.
- adj. used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
- See gnarl (Etymology 2) (Wiktionary)
- Probably variant of knarled, from knarl, tangle, knot, alteration of Middle English knarre, knot in wood; see knar. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What kind of gnarled soul must one have not to crack a smile at the sight of a world-renowned Oscar winner belting out "Dancing Queen" in overalls?”
“The perpetual inversions, the habitual irony, the mingled tenderness and mockery, give a kind of gnarled surface to the style, which is pleasant when you get familiar with it, but which repels the stranger, and to some people even remains permanently disagreeable.”
“Mr. Percy FitzGerald, on visiting it some years ago, ventured to seek of the "gnarled" waiter information on the momentous question of Mr. Pickwick and his adventure.”
“She was hoping that Dan would never grow "gnarled" towards herself, longing for him to speak and promise that he would not, but he still remained silent, and presently the door burst open, the rinking party appeared on the threshold, and the opportunity for quiet conclave was over.”
“If you're looking to bring the outdoors in, mix materials such as gnarled wood (as seen in their barley twist twin beds).”
“In a devastatingly detailed piece of testimony, which probably sealed victory for the TV company, Shaw admitted that she couldn't see their faces, but identified Terre'Blanche from his huge white bottom, which rose and fell between Allan's recognisably "gnarled" toes.”
“However, if you're hoping that Betty White mania has faded completely-and, seriously, what kind of gnarled, coal-like heart have you got, anyway?!”
“In a devastatingly detailed piece of testimony which probably sealed victory for the TV company Shaw admitted that she couldn't see their faces, but identified Terreblanche from his huge white bottom, which rose and fell between Allan's recognisably 'gnarled' toes.”
“What kind of gnarled soul must one have not to crack a smile at the sight of a world-renowned Oscar winner belting out”
“I read it with amazement, unaware that the grandmother who wore aprons over her house dresses, the woman whose hands were gnarled and worn with years of toil, had once shared my dream.”
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