un gnarled


(of trees) full of or covered with gnarls; bent; twisted.
having a rugged, weather-beaten appearance: a gnarled old sea captain.
crabby; cantankerous.

1595–1605; variant of knurled

ungnarled, adjective
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gnarled (nɑːld)
1.  having gnarls
2.  (esp of hands) rough, twisted, and weather-beaten in appearance
3.  perverse or ill-tempered

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Word Origin & History

the source of the whole group of words, including gnarl (v.), gnarl (n.), gnarly, is Shakespeare's use of gnarled in 1603:
"Thy sharpe and sulpherous bolt Splits the vn-wedgable and gnarled Oke." ["Measure for Measure," II.ii.116]
OED calls it a variant of knurled, from M.E. knar "knot in wood" (late 14c.), originally "a rock, a stone;" of uncertain origin. "(Gnarled) occurs in one passage of Shakes. (for which the sole authority is the folio of 1623), whence it came into general use in the nineteenth century" [OED].
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