• WordNet 3.6
    • adj gnarled used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots "gnarled and knotted hands","a knobbed stick"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Gnarled Knotty; full of knots or gnarls; twisted; crossgrained. "The unwedgeable and gnarl├ęd oak."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gnarled Full of gnarls or rough knots; gnarly.
    • gnarled Hence Cross-grained; perverse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Gnarled knotty, twisted
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From a Teut. root, as in Ger. knurren, Dan. knort, a knot, gnarl, and prob. akin to gnarl in the sense of pressing close together.


In literature:

I lay those aside for riders; and out of these gnarled and twisted pieces of oak, I select my knees.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The girl stood with one hand resting on the gnarled bole of a pine.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
Slowly Junkie picked his way up the ragged path towards the gnarled tree.
"The Settler and the Savage" by R.M. Ballantyne
He drew back his gnarled fist to strike, and I was afraid, and sick at heart.
"The Scarlet Plague" by Jack London
It took two deliberate men nearly a week to split the gnarled logs, and one brisk woman carried them into the cellar and piled them neatly.
"Shawl-Straps" by Louisa M. Alcott
Teola Graves, crouched in an attitude of suffering and despair, was seated on the gnarled root of a huge tree.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
His visitor, half reclining upon his cloak beneath an old, gnarled tree, was still.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
There was the gnarled log of wood against which she lay; and Prince's outline had already been commenced.
"Odd" by Amy Le Feuvre
Near the timber line this tree grows but a few feet high and becomes exceedingly gnarled.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
About half-way down a wild glen there stood a small clump of gnarled and stunted oak trees.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle

In poetry:

The bird that sang within this gnarled oak,
The waves that dallied with its leafy shade,
The mellow murmurs from its boughs that broke,
Their joyous tribute to my spirit paid.
"The Old Oak" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
It is now the sun springs from the gnarled water
Over the western prairie. What man would,
Alone in dark house, turn away from light?
To live now, in the tangle of time, is good.
"For 1939" by Paul Engle
Death met an old man in a lane;
So gnarled was he and full of pain
That kindly Death was struck with pity--
"Come you with me,
Old man," said he,
"I'll set you down in a fair city."
"Laureate" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Yes--I am changed--and this gray gnarled form,
Its leaves all scattered by the rending blast,
Is but an image of my heart;--the storm--
The storm of life, doth make us such at last!
"The Old Oak" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
The butterfly and forest-bird
Are huddled on the same gnarled bough,
From which, like some rain-voweled word
That dampness hoarsely utters now,
The tree-toad's voice is vaguely heard.
"Rain In The Woods" by Madison Julius Cawein
I went there as the sun rose, and nothing did I see
But a gnarled thorn in the hedgerow where the rider used to be:
I came again at nightfall when the frost in the air was keen,
And lo! the shadowy rider where the twisted thorn had been!
"The Horseman In The Night" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

He sits in a wheelchair, a dapper suit smoothed over his gnarled body, his lips crooked in a faint satyr's leer.
A gnarly demon with gnarled fingers who has grown way too fond of her.
Of late, I've gotten my gnarled and trembling fingers on some diverse and very good sporting equipment, so pucker your sphincters and grab your wallets.
Injury accidents gnarl traffic on three highways.
It is hard to tell in the gnarled faces and hobbled steps of the men who come to Lyons Veterans Hospital here that they were once vigorous enough to fight at infernal places like Omaha Beach and the Ardennes Forest.
Sesh players (Beck, Gnarls, RHCP) aim to be American Radiohead, swap beats for Tool-y prog, won't quit dayjobs.
But during the off-season, which runs from fall to early summer, this rocky, gnarled island is largely yours.
Ten minutes outside of Paris is what Aquinnah archaeologist Duncan Caldwell calls a "phantasmagoric landscape" of gnarled rock outcroppings and crevasses.
The iconoclastic rockers' first album of the year, Americana, reworked old folk standards as gnarled guitar workouts.
All Blogs On The Download Sound Advice (Biggie Smalls X Gnarls Barkley) = The Gnotorious Gnarls Biggie.
'The Voice' judge and Gnarls Barkley singer is reportedly under police investigation.
You will probably look at the gnarled old guy at the grocery store a little different after reading Christos Gage 's Sunset.
Jamey Carroll's right hand is, as they say, gnarled, like an oak tree that has lost a lot of branches over the years.
Green pastures and gnarled oaks that seemed ready to spring into motion give the mountain a Lord of the Rings majesty.
Gnarls Barkley and Broken Bells DJ/producer Danger Mouse is working on a new project called Rome with Italian composer Daniele Luppi.