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- adj. Gnarled or knotty. Hard and misshapen
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Full of knots; hard; tough; hence, capable of enduring or resisting much.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Knurled; gnarly; lumpy: as, a knurly apple.
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And I remembered how one day, after we had come to live near the Mississipi, I floated down, down, hundreds of miles, with a wild fraternity of knurly giants, the boatmen of the Mississipi, and how a dear old man welcomed me back, as if from the grave.
My face had always been askew somehow, but now it grew beyond itself, twisted and knurly.
And he does it all from the point of view of an early (_a knurly_) Christian.
"Well, I swow!" ejaculated the Cap'n, rubbing his knurly forefinger under his nose, and glancing first at the parrots and then at the lady.
With his knurly forefinger at his puckered forehead he sat and pondered.
These old apple-trees make very charming bits of the world in October; the leaves cling to them later than to the other trees, and the turf keeps short and green underneath; and in this grass, which was frosty in the morning, and has not quite dried yet, you can find some cold little cider apples, with one side knurly, and one shiny bright red or yellow cheek.
The bumptious, impudent, selfish, "hateful" boy may become a man of force, of learning, of decided capacity, even of polish and good manners, and score success, so that those who know him say how remarkable it is that such a "knurly" lad should have turned out so well.
Shakespeare, in _Midsummer Night’s Dream_, represents him as “a very Shetlander among the gossamer-winged, dainty-limbed fairies, strong enough to knock all their heads together, a rough, knurly-limbed, fawn-faced, shock-pated, mischievous little urchin.”