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Definition of snarl noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[usually singular] a deep sound that an animal makes when it is angry and shows its teeth The dog bared its teeth in a snarl.
  2. 2[usually singular] an act of speaking in an angry or bad-tempered way; the sound you make when you are angry, in pain, etc. a snarl of hate She answered with an angry snarl.
  3. 3a situation in which traffic is unable to move rush-hour traffic snarls
  4. 4(informal) something that has become twisted in a messy way She used conditioner to remove the snarls from her hair.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: snarl

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