snarling iron

snarl

2 [snahrl]
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; Middle English snarle; see snare1, -le

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snarl1 (snɑːl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) (of an animal) to growl viciously, baring the teeth
2.  to speak or express (something) viciously or angrily
 
n
3.  a vicious growl, utterance, or facial expression
4.  the act of snarling
 
[C16: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German snarren, Middle Dutch snarren to drone]
 
'snarling1
 
adj
 
'snarlingly1
 
adv
 
'snarly1
 
adj

snarl2 (snɑːl)
 
n
1.  a tangled mass of thread, hair, etc
2.  a complicated or confused state or situation
3.  a knot in wood
 
vb (often foll by up)
4.  (often foll by up) to be, become, or make tangled or complicated
5.  to confuse mentally
6.  (tr) to flute or emboss (metal) by hammering on a tool held against the under surface
 
[C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Swedish snarel noose, Old Norse snarasnare1]
 
'snarler2
 
n
 
'snarly2
 
adj

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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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