from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Knotty; full of knots or gnarls; twisted; crossgrained.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of gnarls or rough knots; gnarly.
- Hence Cross-grained; perverse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots
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)
First attested Shakespeare 1603: (Wiktionary)
See gnarl (Etymology 2) (Wiktionary)