To gnarl is to twist something up until it's deformed. A gnarl is something twisted up like a knot.

When you gnarl something, you twist and mangle it. If you have long hair that's gnarled, it's become knotted and clumped up. You could say one of those clumps of hair is a gnarl. People's bodies can gnarl too, especially as they get older. An old person with crooked, poor posture has become gnarled. A tree that is twisted is gnarled. When something's gnarled, it's hard to untwist.

Definitions of gnarl
  1. verb
    make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
    synonyms: croak, grumble, murmur, mutter
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    type of:
    complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  2. verb
    twist into a state of deformity
    “The wind has gnarled this old tree”
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    type of:
    bend, deform, flex, turn, twist
    cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
  3. noun
    something twisted and tight and swollen
    “the old man's fists were two great gnarls
    synonyms: knot
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    type of:
    distorted shape, distortion
    a shape resulting from distortion
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