Main definitions of snarl in English

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snarl1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1(of an animal such as a dog) make an aggressive growl with bared teeth.

    ‘snarling alsatians’
    • ‘The dogs were nearing her, coming closer; their teeth bared, snarling viciously’
    • ‘The wolf that followed him snarled visibly, his teeth bared in their direction as he paused a moment before passing beyond the door.’
    • ‘He did try to chase cats he saw on his walks, but he didn't snarl at them, and he behaved himself fairly well in the veterinarian's waiting room.’
    • ‘The wolves of the group suddenly rushed towards the direction of the sound, baring their teeth and snarling.’
    • ‘The animal keeps barking and growling, snarling at my unfamiliar scent.’
    • ‘A pack of wolves, fifty at least, were coming toward her, hackles raised, teeth bared, snarling.’
    • ‘The dog snarls at the actor, then starts to chase him.’
    • ‘As the door slammed shut behind the girl, Brooke bared her teeth and snarled viciously after her, only a second before she fell into a hacking cough.’
    • ‘His entire body swivels around and he advances menacingly like a stray dog snarling over a piece of meat.’
    • ‘It snarled and bared its blood stained teeth at Darius, who in turn, ran away up the path.’
    • ‘He quickly turned around to see a mangy looking dog snarling ferociously.’
    • ‘Up ahead, a shepherd's dogs snarl, prompting one of our boatmen to tear into a bush and hand us branches for self-defense.’
    • ‘But it only angered the tiger, which snarled and bared its teeth, claws drawn out.’
    • ‘A dog snarled at us viciously but he was caged and couldn't get at us.’
    • ‘As soon as he turned to face it, the beast jumped on him, snarling, and baring its sharp teeth.’
    • ‘Papa's Yorkshire terrier was tied in the truck bed and when one of the elephants walked by, the dog snarled and snapped, straining at the end of her chain.’
    • ‘They snarled and bared their teeth in a predatory way.’
    • ‘We woke to find him challenging his own reflection, baring his big teeth and snarling between barks.’
    • ‘It was the kind of fear I got when I heard two dogs snarl at each other just before they fought.’
    • ‘It was the most horrendous place, because it was so savage, Alsatian dogs were snarling at you all the time, there was hardly any food.’
    growl, show its teeth
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    1. 1.1reporting verb (of a person) say something in an angry, bad-tempered voice.
      ‘I used to snarl at anyone I disliked’
      with direct speech ‘‘Shut your mouth!’ he snarled’
      with object ‘he snarled a few choice remarks at them’
      • ‘‘If you do not speak, your prime minister will die,’ Eric snarled.’
      • ‘Michael snarled and literally spat out the last word.’
      • ‘Gregory snarled, but gradually, his temper faded away, and the rage he felt became like steam, and drifted up into the cloudy sky.’
      • ‘Well, okay, but would the waiter have felt better if I'd snarled at him instead?’
      • ‘She was snarling as if these were quite horrid things to say.’
      • ‘‘Save it for the judge,’ another officer snarled as the first one handcuffed her.’
      • ‘But then, curiously, he did not snarl contemptuously that they were wrong and that he had a sackful of lawyers to say so.’
      • ‘‘I don't have to,’ Ryan snarled, turning back to me, a twisted grin on his face.’
      • ‘‘Stay out of my family's business,’ she had snarled at the counselor as she grabbed her son away.’
      • ‘One minute he's smiling and making jokes, then the next he's snarling coldly at someone.’
      • ‘I'm told I was almost snarling when I replied, ‘I am the only family he's going to get.’’
      • ‘‘Well I think it's a great name for a cat and you're a bloody fool for not thinking such,’ the child snarled.’
      • ‘‘Saint O'Neil’ an unlikable character snarls at one point.’
      • ‘Robert snarled, ‘If they are back why then, are you here with me when you should be there!’’
      • ‘‘I don't have issues with Liz,’ I interrupted, and didn't know I was snarling.’
      • ‘Jumping at the start of her cell phone, Laura snarled into the receiver upon opening it in an angry Russian,’
      • ‘‘This isn't your fight,’ Jack snarled angrily and Ben felt his desperation.’
      • ‘‘You are an abomination of nature,’ another one of the men snarled.’
      • ‘In fact, I basically snarled at anyone who got anywhere near me.’
      • ‘Jeremy could almost hear the voice of his stepfather snarling the words as he read them, and he felt his rage building.’
      say roughly, speak roughly, say brusquely, speak brusquely, say nastily, speak nastily, say angrily, speak angrily, bark, snap, growl, fling, hurl
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noun

  • An act or sound of snarling.

    ‘a snarl of rage’
    • ‘An owl hooted mysteriously, but was silenced by the sound of a low snarl followed by a thud.’
    • ‘A snarl sounded behind him, and Carl's body snapped backward.’
    • ‘For a moment, he seemed close to the edge, his expression contorting into a snarl of venomous hatred and barely-contained rage; but he made no physical move.’
    • ‘With a snarl of rage and perhaps also of fear the creature began to struggle against the steel clamps around his arms and feet.’
    • ‘She could hear the sounds of barks and snarls behind her as she turned a corner.’

Origin

Late 16th century: extension of obsolete snar, of Germanic origin; related to German schnarren ‘rattle, snarl’, probably imitative.

Pronunciation

snarl

/snɑːl/

Main definitions of snarl in English

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snarl2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1snarl something upEntangle something.

    ‘the trailing lead got snarled up in a bramble bush’
    • ‘But the buses can be horribly crowded at times and are often held in the long traffic jams that snarl up key points at rush hours.’
    • ‘We would like to suggest that the LCC comes up with a system of levy collection which will not snarl up traffic and cause congestion. One suggestion would be pre-payments by all the minibuses that use Kulima Tower bus station.’
    • ‘We want the work to be done in an orderly fashion - not in a way that snarls up the city.’
    • ‘Jams snarled up parts of the inner ring road as far away as Fulford, Clementhorpe and Osbaldwick, as hundreds more drivers joined the queues.’
    • ‘Should we snarl up the streets with drivers waiting for the police to attend to remove disruptive students from their buses?’
    • ‘There were the usual murmurings about congestion snarling up the M8 which had delayed some making the trip from Edinburgh to the Glasgow Hilton.’
    • ‘She got stuck in a traffic jam which had snarled up the road from Kew Bridge Station all the way to Chiswick Roundabout.’
    • ‘Smaller demonstrations snarled up traffic in parts of Germany and Italy.’
    • ‘Carriages would be forced onto the road, snarling up traffic flows and putting lives at risk, suggested BDS member Sue Hamley, of Ty Rhos, Llanycefn.’
    • ‘For some time, the roads were clear, but after the meet petered out at around 7.30 pm, the return of the protesters in vans and buses once again snarled up traffic during peak evening hours.’
    tangle, entangle, entwine, enmesh, ravel, knot, twist, intertwine, jumble, muddle, foul
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    1. 1.1 Hinder or impede something.
      ‘the coach became snarled up in traffic’
      ‘a heavy backlog of cases has snarled up the court process’
      complicate, confuse, muddle, jumble, throw into disorder, embroil, make difficult
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  • 2Decorate (metalwork) with raised shapes by hammering the underside.

noun

  • A knot or tangle.

    ‘snarls of wild raspberry plants’
    • ‘Jane ran her fingers through her hair, combing the tangles out as she harshly pulled her hands through the snarls.’
    • ‘She looked like a child brought up by wolves in the forest; her long brown hair was a tangle of snarls, surrounding a face all bones and angles.’
    • ‘At some point, all tapestries encounter setbacks: snarls and kinks that tangle or block the work.’
    • ‘They brushed her hair until it was straight and there were no more snarls or knots.’
    • ‘Ramone glared at him slightly, snatching it from him and starting to comb through the tangled snarls of crimson hair, green eyes still watching him from under an unkempt fringe.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the senses ‘snare, noose’ and ‘catch in a snare’): from snare.

Pronunciation

snarl

/snɑːl/