Definition of gnarled adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//nɑːld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɑːrld//
    (also gnarly North American English) Old age
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  1. 1(of trees) twisted and rough; covered with hard lumps a gnarled oak/branch/trunk
  2. 2(of a person or part of the body) bent and twisted because of age or illness gnarled hands His hands were gnarled with age and arthritis. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. See related entries: Old age
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: variant of knarled, from knar, from Middle English knarre (denoting ‘a rugged rock’ or ‘stone’).
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