gnarl

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.

Primary Meanings of gnarl

1.
v
make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
2.
vn
twist into a state of deformity
something twisted and tight and swollen
Full Definitions of gnarl
1

v make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath

Synonyms:
croak, grumble, murmur, mutter
Type of:
complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
2

v twist into a state of deformity

“The wind has gnarled this old tree”
Type of:
bend, deform, flex, turn, twist
cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form

n something twisted and tight and swollen

“the old man's fists were two great gnarls
Synonyms:
knot
Type of:
distorted shape, distortion
a shape resulting from distortion

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