snarl

To snarl or make a snarl is to growl like an angry dog or speak abruptly and aggressively. A snarl can also be something tangled or confused.

If you've ever heard a dog growl, then you know what a snarl is: a dog's snarl says, "Back off!" When people snarl, they speak in an angry way that isn't shouting but sounds mean. A human snarl is abrupt, sharp, and unfriendly. Another sense of the word is when something gets mixed up, like if wires get tangled together: that tangle is called a snarl. This meaning comes from the earliest use of snarl, "a snare or a noose."

Definitions of snarl
  1. verb
    utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
    “The guard snarled at us”
    synonyms: snap
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    type of:
    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  2. verb
    make a snarling noise or move with a snarling noise
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  3. noun
    a vicious angry growl
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    type of:
    utterance, vocalization
    the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
  4. noun
    an angry vicious expression
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    type of:
    facial expression, facial gesture
    a gesture executed with the facial muscles
  5. verb
    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
    synonyms: entangle, mat, tangle
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    Antonyms:
    disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl
    extricate from entanglement
    types:
    felt
    mat together and make felt-like
    enmesh, ensnarl, mesh
    entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
    type of:
    distort, twine, twist
    form into a spiral shape
  6. verb
    make more complicated or confused through entanglements
    synonyms: embrangle, snarl up
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    types:
    snafu
    cause to be in a state of complete confusion
    type of:
    complicate, perplex
    make more complicated
  7. noun
    something jumbled or confused
    synonyms: maze, tangle
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    type of:
    perplexity
    trouble or confusion resulting from complexity
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