Meaning of 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.”

Definitions of snarl
  1. verb

    make a snarling noise or move with a snarling noise

    snarled past us”
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    type of:

    go, sound

    make a certain noise or sound

  2. verb

    utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone

    “The guard
    snarled at us”


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    type of:

    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

    express in speech

  3. noun

    an angry vicious expression

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    type of:

    facial expression, facial gesture

    a gesture executed with the facial muscles

  4. noun

    a vicious angry growl

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    type of:

    utterance, vocalization

    the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

  5. verb

    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass


    entangle, mat, tangle

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    disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl

    extricate from entanglement


    mat together and make felt-like
    enmesh, ensnarl, mesh

    entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
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    distort, twine, twist

    form into a spiral shape

  6. verb

    make more complicated or confused through entanglements


    embrangle, snarl up

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    cause to be in a state of complete confusion
    type of:

    complicate, perplex

    make more complicated

  7. noun

    something jumbled or confused


    maze, tangle

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    trouble or confusion resulting from complexity

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