Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Archaic A knot or burl on a tree or in wood.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete See gnar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English knarre, probably from Old English *cnear or from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German knorre.]

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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.

Examples

  • 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.

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