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snarl2

[snahrl] /snɑrl/
noun
1.
a tangle, as of thread, hair, or wire.
2.
a complicated or confused condition or matter:
a traffic snarl.
3.
a knot in wood.
verb (used with object)
4.
to bring into a tangled condition, as thread or hair.
5.
to render complicated or confused:
The questions snarled him up.
6.
to raise or emboss, as parts of a thin metal vessel, by hammering on a tool (snarling iron) held against the inner surface of the vessel.
verb (used without object)
7.
to become tangled; get into a tangle.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English snarle; see snare1, -le
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British Dictionary definitions for snarling iron

snarl1

/snɑːl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (of an animal) to growl viciously, baring the teeth
2.
to speak or express (something) viciously or angrily
noun
3.
a vicious growl, utterance, or facial expression
4.
the act of snarling
Derived Forms
snarling, adjective
snarlingly, adverb
snarly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German snarren, Middle Dutch snarren to drone

snarl2

/snɑːl/
noun
1.
a tangled mass of thread, hair, etc
2.
a complicated or confused state or situation
3.
a knot in wood
verb
4.
(often foll by up) to be, become, or make tangled or complicated
5.
(transitive) often foll by up. to confuse mentally
6.
(transitive) to flute or emboss (metal) by hammering on a tool held against the under surface
Derived Forms
snarler, noun
snarly, adjective
Word Origin
C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Swedish snarel noose, Old Norse snarasnare1
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Word Origin and History for snarling iron
snarl
"growl and bare the teeth," 1530, perhaps from Du. or Low Ger. snarren "to rattle," probably of imitative origin (cf. Ger. schnarren "to rattle," schnurren "to hum, buzz"). Meaning "speak in a harsh manner" first recorded 1693.
snarl
"to tangle, to catch in a snare or noose," late 14c., from a noun snarl "a snare, a noose" (late 14c.), probably a dim. of snare (1). The noun meaning "a tangle, a knot" is first attested c.1600.
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