• WordNet 3.6
    • v gnarl make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath "she grumbles when she feels overworked"
    • v gnarl twist into a state of deformity "The wind has gnarled this old tree"
    • n gnarl something twisted and tight and swollen "their muscles stood out in knots","the old man's fists were two great gnarls","his stomach was in knots"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gnarl a knot in wood; a large or hard knot, or a protuberance with twisted grain, on a tree.
    • v. i Gnarl To growl; to snarl. "And wolves are gnarling who shall gnaw thee first."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gnarl A knot; a knotty growth in wood; a rough irregular protuberance on a tree.
    • gnarl To give a rough ridging or milling to, as to the edge of a thumbscrew.
    • gnarl Same as gnar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gnarl närl a twisted knot in wood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From older gnar, prob. of imitative origin; cf. G. knarren, knurren,. D. knorren, Sw. knorra, Dan. knurre,
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:

As soon might you expect to change the gnarled and rooted oak into the flexible and breeze-bowed willow.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
A small and hard and gnarled-looking moon ruled over the dusk's secrecy.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
The gnarled finger pointed to a twig of wild lilac eight feet off the ground.
"The Invaders" by Benjamin Ferris
Leaning for support against the gnarled trunk of one of the trees, he gave himself up to contemplation.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
In a few moments more, we emerged from another narrow crevice hidden under the gnarled roots of a live-oak.
"The Blue Birds' Winter Nest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
There was a tall, gnarled old pear-tree, and they found it bore excellent fruit.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
It was flung open and a man staggered blindly over the sill, reeling and clutching at his breast with both gnarled, sinewy hands.
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
When he moved away from the wigwam, Rube saw him go up to a gnarled old cedar tree and stand looking at it curiously.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
Her gnarled, earth-stained fingers held the distaff.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
Each gnarled cedar in the ravines took on color and personality.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn

In poetry:

That wild hill-side, the winter morn,
The gnarled and ancient tree,
If in your breast they waken scorn,
Shall wake the same in me.
"Last Words" by Emily Jane Bronte
O his nimble finger, his gnarled grip!
Leagues, leagues of seamanship
Slumber in these forsaken
Bones, this sinew, and will not waken.
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
In the twilights of the thickets
Trees bend down their gnarled boughs,
Wild green leaves and low curved branches
Hold her hair and beat her brows.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Beneath a gnarled and twisted root
I loosed a pebble with my foot
That leaped the precipice,
And like an arrow seemed to shoot
Adown the deep abyss.
"Monadnock" by Hattie Howard
Oh sapping waves!—oh mining waves!—
Under the oak's gnarled feet,
And tower, and village street,
Scooping by stealth in darkness myriad graves;—
"By the Seashore at Night" by Kate Seymour Maclean
`Ne'er again will the thrifty squirrel store
In your hollows its wintry food,
And, unseen, in your rotted gnarls no more
Will the woodpecker hatch its brood.
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin

In news:

A gnarly demon with gnarled fingers who has grown way too fond of her.
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.
He fires up the succulent pork over gnarled, carbonated pig bones, grows sweet greens in a soil mixed with pumice left over by the hazelnut oil industry and he's creating a new kind of wheat, named after himself.
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.
In his long career, CEE-LO GREEN has recorded pop and soul music on his own, rap music with his old group GOODIE MOB, and even alternative music, with his group GNARLS BARKLEY.