- 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[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.
- 3a situation in which traffic is unable to move rush-hour traffic snarls
- 4 (informal) something that has become twisted in a messy way She used conditioner to remove the snarls from her hair.