Definition of gnarled in English:



  • Knobbly, rough, and twisted, especially with age.

    ‘the gnarled old oak tree’
    • ‘She placated him, smoothing down his shoulder length hair with her rough and gnarled hands.’
    • ‘The wind howled in an unearthly never-ending scream, whistling through the gnarled, twisted trees.’
    • ‘The disciples have gnarled hands, rough faces with the grime and sweat of an arduous day at their fishing nets.’
    • ‘The gnarled brown trees twisted into the earth and entwined each other in thick embraces.’
    • ‘A gnarled old man is standing on the terracotta balcony of his home.’
    • ‘Renowned for its longevity, a gnarled, twisted olive tree can bear fruit for several hundred years.’
    • ‘Her sister came away from the counter and sat down at one of the rough, gnarled chairs at the table.’
    • ‘She held out her gnarled hands, as twisted and brown as the galls of a walnut tree.’
    • ‘I dreamt that we were old, really old, and we were walking with my gnarled old hand in yours.’
    • ‘The legs were gnarled and twisted, the left one bent at a crazy angle making the beast tip to one side slightly.’
    • ‘He can make a haunting face peer from the gnarled old trunk of a great oak or fashion an oversized stag beetle from a lime tree.’
    • ‘The trunk of the silver birch has always been too bent and gnarled for commercial use.’
    • ‘They were old, and they were tall, crooked and gnarled from weather and from time.’
    • ‘Donovan reached out and grasped the old woman's gnarled hand.’
    • ‘From the tiny baby to the gnarled old man, the reward for living is the same: death.’
    • ‘The rough surface and the gnarled features have become the distinctive marks of his works.’
    • ‘Imagine feeling a little bored while you're sketching a gnarled old boot in your art class.’
    • ‘I followed them for at least a dozen meters before they ended at the foot of a gnarled old oak, the massive boughs wearing snow and ice.’
    • ‘There was a picture in the paper I was reading of an old black woman, gnarled as an olive tree.’
    • ‘The old gnarled trees of the forest grew up to the edge of another bank, their roots jutting out into the deep water.’
    knobbly, knotty, knotted, gnarly, lumpy, bumpy, nodular, rough
    twisted, bent, arthritic, misshapen
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Early 17th century: variant of knarled, from knar.