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

  • n. A knot or burl on a tree or in wood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A knot or burl in a tree; a knurl, a gnarl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See gnar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To growl. See gnar.
  • n. A knot on a tree.
  • n. A rock; a cliff.
  • n. A short stout man.


Middle English knarre, probably from Old English *cnear or from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German knorre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English knar (14th century, original sense “a stone”), from which also knurl (diminutive suffix) and later gnarl (variant). Before Middle English, origin is Unknown. (Wiktionary)


  • The new tunes could be heralded as the best yet to come, with one surfer Beach Boys nod that read like a cowboy shredding the knar. stories


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