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."

Primary Meanings of snarl

1.
vn
make a snarling noise or move with a snarling noise
an angry vicious expression
2.
vn
twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
something jumbled or confused
Full Definitions of snarl
1

v make a snarling noise or move with a snarling noise

“Bullets snarled past us”
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone

“The guard snarled at us”
Synonyms:
snap
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

n an angry vicious expression

Type of:
facial expression, facial gesture
a gesture executed with the facial muscles

n a vicious angry growl

Type of:
utterance, vocalization
the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
2

v twist together or entwine into a confusing mass

Synonyms:
entangle, mat, tangle
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

v make more complicated or confused through entanglements

Synonyms:
embrangle, snarl up
Types:
snafu
cause to be in a state of complete confusion
Type of:
complicate, perplex
make more complicated

n something jumbled or confused

Synonyms:
maze, tangle
Type of:
perplexity
trouble or confusion resulting from complexity

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