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Definition of the noun snarl

What does snarl mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: snarls

  1. a vicious angry growl
  2. an angry vicious expression
  3. something jumbled or confused
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of snarl: maze / tangle
    • more generic word: perplexity = trouble or confusion resulting from complexity

Alternative definition of the noun snarl

noun

  1. A knot or complication of hair, thread, or the like, difficult to disentangle; entanglement; hence, intricate complication; embarrassing difficulty.
  2. The act of snarling; a growl; a surly or peevish expression; an angry contention.

Definition of the verb snarl

What does snarl mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: snarled | snarling | snarls

  1. utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
    • examples: The guard snarled at us | Sam and Sue snarl | They snarl that there was a traffic accident
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]Susan whispered
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen told a story | Heather cabled the news | Heather cabled, 'Come immediately.' | Susan whispered the news/a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered the news/a few words to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, arbitrary control with infinitive]Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan whispered to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Ellen warned how to avoid the crowd | Susan whispered how to avoid the crowd
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Susan whispered about the party
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered for me to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient]Susan whispered to/at Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic]Susan whispered to Rachel, 'Leave the room.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Susan whispered to Rachel to come
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Susan whispered to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] at / to / towards / for [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]Susan whispered to Rachel how to avoid the crowd

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): babble, bark, bawl, bellow, blare, bleat, bluster, boom, bray, burble, cackle, call, carol, chant, chatter, chirp, cluck, coo, croak, croon, crow, cry, drawl, drone, gabble, gibber, groan, growl, grumble, grunt, gurgle, hiss, holler, hoot, howl, hum, jabber, lilt, lisp, moan, mumble, murmur, mutter, natter, prattle, purr, quaver, rage, rant, rasp, roar, rumble, scream, screech, shout, shriek, simper, sing, snap, snuffle, splutter, squall, squawk, squeak, squeal, stammer, stemmer, stutter, thunder, trill, trumpet, twitter, vociferate, wail, warble, wheeze, whimper, whine, whisper, whistle, whoop, yammer, yap, yell, yelp, yodel.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of snarl: snap
    • more generic words: mouth / speak / talk / utter / verbalise / verbalize = express in speech
  2. make a snarling noise or move with a snarling noise
    • example: Bullets snarled past us
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: go / sound = make a certain noise or sound
  3. twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
    • example: They snarl their hair
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of snarl: entangle / mat / tangle
    • antonym of snarl: unsnarl
    • more generic words: distort / twine / twist = form into a spiral shape
    • more specific words:
      • felt = mat together and make felt-like
      • ensnarl / enmesh / mesh = entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
  4. make more complicated or confused through entanglements
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of snarl: embrangle / snarl up
    • more generic words: complicate / perplex = make more complicated
    • more specific word: snafu = cause to be in a state of complete confusion

Alternative definition of the verb snarl

verb

  1. To form raised work upon the outer surface of (thin metal ware) by the repercussion of a snarling iron upon the inner surface.
  2. To entangle; to complicate; to involve in knots; as, to snarl a skein of thread.
  3. To embarrass; to insnare.
  4. To growl, as an angry or surly dog; to gnarl; to utter grumbling sounds.
  5. To speak crossly; to talk in rude, surly terms.

Characters

  1. Snarl is the name of several different fictional characters in the various Transformers universes.
    • also known as สเตโกซอรัส
  2. Snarl is a fictional film character.

Miscellanea

  1. Snarl: A snarl is a sound, often a growl or vicious utterance, often accompanied by a facial expression, where the upper lip is raised, and the nostrils widen, generally indicating hate, anger or pain. In addition to humans, other mammals including monkeys, rabbits and dogs snarl, often to warn others of their potential bite. In humans, snarling uses the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle. The threatening vocalizations of snarling are often accompanied by or used synonymously with threatening facial expressions.
  2. Snarl is a notification system for Windows inspired by Growl that allows applications to display alpha-blended messages on the screen.

Phrases with Snarl

  1. snarl up
  2. snarl-up

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Snarl

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Google previewThe Satires of Aulus Persius Flaccus (1884)

by Persius

The snarl is that of the great man. Cf. Shaks. Rom. and Jul. Act II. So. 4 fin.

Google previewReality Check (2008)

The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition by Guy Kawasaki

Snarl is that nasal sound you get when you speak partially from your nose instead of your mouth. It generates overtones above 2,800 cycles per second that make a room “sing.” Pretend you're trying to yell to warn a child who's about to run out ...

Google previewFriday's Footprint (2001)

How Society Shapes the Human Mind by Leslie Brothers

The snarl is a sign to the outside, or “other”; Simultaneously, the attitude of the other, as signaled by its visible response, is registered as a sign back to the gesturer. By now it should be clear that emotion cannot be defined with reference to the ...

Google previewBody Language (2012)

A Guide for Professionals by Hedwig Lewis

A snarl is a facial expression where the upper lip is raised and the nostrils widen, generally indicating hate, anger, or pain. Snarling is often accompanied by threatening vocalizations.

Google previewA Dictionary of Neurological Signs (2010)

by A.J. Larner

Cross References Aphasia; Aphonia Myasthenic Snarl Patients with weakness of facial musculature as a consequence of myasthenia gravis may have a ' transverse smile', with lack of elevation of the corners of the mouth, or appear to snarl ...

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Usage statistics about snarl

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun snarl:

snarlmazetangle

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb snarl:

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Snarl Meaning

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Jealousy is love bed of burning snarl. (George Meredith)
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Scrabble value of S1N1A1R1L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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