Definition of snarl verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//snɑːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snɑːrl//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they snarl
    BrE BrE//snɑːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snɑːrl//
    he / she / it snarls
    BrE BrE//snɑːlz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snɑːrlz//
    past simple snarled
    BrE BrE//snɑːld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snɑːrld//
    past participle snarled
    BrE BrE//snɑːld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snɑːrld//
    -ing form snarling
    BrE BrE//ˈsnɑːlɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnɑːrlɪŋ//
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  1. 1[intransitive] snarl (at somebody/something) (of dogs, etc.) to show the teeth and make a deep angry noise in the throat The dog snarled at us.
  2. 2[transitive] to speak in an angry or bad-tempered way + speech (at somebody) ‘Get out of here!’ he snarled. snarl something (at somebody) She snarled abuse at anyone who happened to walk past. He snarled savagely at her. See related entries: Anger
  3. Word Originverb late 16th cent.: extension of obsolete snar, of Germanic origin; related to German schnarren ‘rattle, snarl’, probably imitative.

    snarl up, snarl something up.

    late Middle English (in the senses ‘snare, noose’ and ‘catch in a snare’): from snare.
    Phrasal Verbssnarl up
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: snarl

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