Tangled is an adjective that describes a confused mass. You're likely to hear tangled used most often when referring to hair. If it's tangled, you can't brush or comb through it.

Other than discussing hair, tangled can be used to refer to anything that's jumbled up and confused. Like that tangled pile of wires behind your television and computer that you keep tripping over. Tangled can also mean something highly complicated or intricate, like the relationships between ex-wives, ex-husbands and stepchildren in a family. The word tangled is most famous for being included in a well-known literary quote from Sir Walter Scott's poem, "Marmion" — "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive."

Definitions of tangled

adj in a confused mass

“pushed back her tangled hair”
“the tangled ropes”
afoul, foul, fouled
especially of a ship's lines etc
enmeshed, intermeshed
caught as if in a mesh
twisted together in a tangled mass
knotty, snarled, snarly
tangled in knots or snarls
tangled in a dense mass
having the roots matted or densely tangled
thrown, thrown and twisted
twisted together; as of filaments spun into a thread
not tangled
disentangled, loosened, unsnarled
straightened out
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adj highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

“"Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott”
Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tortuous
complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts

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