snarl

Definitions

  • Snarl at Everybody They See 101
    Snarl at Everybody They See 101
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snarl make more complicated or confused through entanglements
    • v snarl utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone "The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer","The guard snarled at us"
    • v snarl make a snarling noise or move with a snarling noise "Bullets snarled past us"
    • v snarl twist together or entwine into a confusing mass "The child entangled the cord"
    • n snarl something jumbled or confused "a tangle of government regulations"
    • n snarl an angry vicious expression
    • n snarl a vicious angry growl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Snarl A knot or complication of hair, thread, or the like, difficult to disentangle; entanglement; hence, intricate complication; embarrassing difficulty.
    • n Snarl The act of snarling; a growl; a surly or peevish expression; an angry contention.
    • Snarl To embarrass; to insnare. "The] question that they would have snarled him with."
    • Snarl To entangle; to complicate; to involve in knots; as, to snarl a skein of thread. "Her snarled hair."
    • v. t Snarl To form raised work upon the outer surface of (thin metal ware) by the repercussion of a snarling iron upon the inner surface.
    • Snarl To growl, as an angry or surly dog; to gnarl; to utter grumbling sounds. "An angry cur snarls while he feeds."
    • Snarl To speak crossly; to talk in rude, surly terms. "It is malicious and unmanly to snarl at the little lapses of a pen, from which Virgil himself stands not exempted."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • snarl To growl sharply, as an angry or surly dog; gnarl.
    • snarl Figuratively, to speak in a sharp and quarrelsome or faultfinding way; talk rudely or churlishly; snap.
    • snarl To utter with a snarl: as, to snarl one's discontent; to snarl out an oath.
    • n snarl A sharp growl; also, a jealous, quarrelsome, or faultfinding utterance, like the snarling of a dog or a wolf.
    • snarl To entangle; complicate; involve in knots: as, to snarl a skein of thread.
    • snarl To embarrass; confuse; entangle.
    • snarl To shape or ornament the exterior of (vessels of thin metal) by repercussion from within. See snarling-iron.
    • snarl To make tangles or snarls; also, to become entangled.
    • n snarl A snare; any knot or complication of hair, thread, etc., which it is difficult to disentangle; also, a group of things resembling, in entanglement, such a knot: as, a snarl of yachts.
    • n snarl Figuratively, complication; intricacy; embarrassing condition: as, to get the negotiation into a snarl.
    • n snarl A vexatious controversy; a squabble. This sense may have been affected by snarl.
    • n snarl A knot in wood; a gnarl.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Snarl snärl to growl, as a surly dog: to speak in a surly manner
    • v.t Snarl to utter snarlingly
    • n Snarl a growl, a jealous quarrelsome utterance
    • v.t Snarl snärl to twist, entangle, confuse
    • v.i Snarl to become entangled
    • n Snarl a knot or any kind of complication: a squabble
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Quotations

  • George Meredith
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    “Jealousy is love bed of burning snarl.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Snare (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

Right among the yelping, snarling pack he had fallen, and in sheer desperation he struck out right and left.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
The tiger was frightened and angry, and he growled and snarled, until you would have thought he was back in the jungle again.
"Tum Tum, the Jolly Elephant" by Richard Barnum
Then came a snarling report of guns * * * and on the ground before him lay a crumpled heap.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
But you can see the snarl just as you can see the Sphinx's smile.
"Riviera Towns" by Herbert Adams Gibbons
Shane turned on the fawning Sicilian with a snarl.
"The Wind Bloweth" by Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
The Russian showed his teeth in a beast-like snarl.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
His lips drew into a snarl of hate as his glance once more sought the face of the woman.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
A fierce howling had arisen, followed by a snarling and a snapping which caused the hearts of both boys to beat violently.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
The air was filled with the cracking of gunfire and the deep, savage snarling of the prowlers.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
When they see that they cannot get at the Master they begin snarling.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 158, April 28, 1920" by Various
Consequently they were much surprised when they heard a queer little noise, not unlike the snarl of a dog.
"The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island" by Edward Stratemeyer
The very thought of it stopped his snarls.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
Then, while we were checking off the howls, quite a singular snarl came from the opposite direction.
"The Blue Birds' Winter Nest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Down by the lake, the snarling cry of a terrified cat broke the night stillness.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Dogs and cats, deserted by fond owners, snarled and fought over choicer tidbits.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
On the contrary, he turned round upon them, keeping both at bay with his sharp teeth and fierce snarling.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
Mrs. Fishley was all smiles, and never spoke a cross word, never snarled at Flora or at me.
"Down The River" by Oliver Optic
There was a snarl and a violent squirming for a moment, and then all was still.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
With a horrible snarl and yelp the king wolf sprang, and the others behind him sprang also.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
With a growl Melac suddenly reared up on his hind legs and placed his front paws on the Duke's breast, his teeth bared in an ugly snarl.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
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In poetry:

Hunger, misery, strife and pain,
Hoping, knowing hopes were in vain,
Striving snarling, trusting to
The brute in us to see us through.
"God! How I've Wearied For The Spring" by Joseph Corrie
Oft rebuffed by “super’s” snarling,
When I asked him for a “show”,
On that long tramp to the Darling
In the days of long ago;
"To a Pair of Blucher Boots" by Henry Lawson
And toy with him in amorous jests, and when
he turns, and snarls, and gnaws,
O smite him with your jasper claws! and bruise
him with your agate breasts!
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
Perhaps he shows a pathway to the just,
Beside which other paths look snarled and curled,
Or keeps an entrance to the underworld,
Invisible in superficial dust.
"Pont Du Carrousel" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Snarling complete in the joy of a weasel
With an elk's horned heart in his stomach
Looking straight into the eternal
Blue, where he hauls his kind. I would have it all
"For The Last Wolverine" by James Dickey
I know the softly shining sea
That rolls this gentle swell
Has snarled and licked its tongues at me
And bared its fangs as well;
That 'neath its smile so heavenly,
There lurks the scowl of hell!
"On A Sea Wall" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

All patterns need a snarl.
Behind the snarl of CM Punk.
520 bridge closure, Sounders playoff game to snarl weekend traffic.
Protest expected to snarl LAX traffic the day before Thanksgiving.
Pink, the snarling little pop -star-who-could.
Farnborough is for flying, but a combination of near-Biblical flooding and Olympic-size bureaucratic snarls have cut down the roster of performers.
A Feisty Start-Up Is Met With Regulatory Snarl.
Even the thick snarl of Chris Colohan of Cursed couldn't save an album full of too-similar songs.
A gas leak snarled lunchtime traffic in the Midway District on May 1.
Semi vs SUV Wreck Snarls Traffic.
Semi vs SUV Wreck Snarls Traffic.
Local heavy metal scene still snarling after all these years.
A pair of non-injury crashes snarled state Highway 500 at Stapleton Road Friday morning.
President Obama's trip to Portland and Seattle won't mean much to Northwest residents – except for traffic snarls and delays.
VDOT apologizes for traffic snarl .
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In science:

Michael was not amused. “I’d advise you not to say that at Princeton,” he snarled.
My Life with Fisher
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