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SNARL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does snarl mean? 

SNARL (noun)
  The noun SNARL has 3 senses:

1. a vicious angry growl
2. an angry vicious expression
3. something jumbled or confused

  Familiarity information: SNARL used as a noun is uncommon.


SNARL (verb)
  The verb SNARL has 4 senses:

1. utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
2. make a snarling noise or move with a snarling noise
3. twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
4. make more complicated or confused through entanglements

  Familiarity information: SNARL used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SNARL (noun)


Sense 1snarl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A vicious angry growl

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("snarl" is a kind of...):

utterance; vocalization (the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication)


Sense 2snarl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An angry vicious expression

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("snarl" is a kind of...):

facial expression; facial gesture (a gesture executed with the facial muscles)


Sense 3snarl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something jumbled or confused

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

maze; tangle; snarl

Context example:

a tangle of government regulations

Hypernyms ("snarl" is a kind of...):

perplexity (trouble or confusion resulting from complexity)


SNARL (verb)


Sense 1snarl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

snap; snarl

Context examples:

The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer / The guard snarled at us

Hypernyms (to "snarl" is one way to...):

mouth; speak; talk; utter; verbalise; verbalize (express in speech)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue snarl
They snarl that there was a traffic accident


Sense 2snarl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a snarling noise or move with a snarling noise

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

Bullets snarled past us

Hypernyms (to "snarl" is one way to...):

go; sound (make a certain noise or sound)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 3snarl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Twist together or entwine into a confusing mass

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

mat; entangle; snarl; tangle

Context example:

The child entangled the cord

Hypernyms (to "snarl" is one way to...):

distort; twine; twist (form into a spiral shape)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "snarl"):

felt (mat together and make felt-like)

enmesh; ensnarl; mesh (entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They snarl their hair

Antonym:

unsnarl (extricate from entanglement)


Sense 4snarl [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make more complicated or confused through entanglements

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

snarl up; embrangle; snarl

Hypernyms (to "snarl" is one way to...):

complicate; perplex (make more complicated)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "snarl"):

snafu (cause to be in a state of complete confusion)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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