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



    BrE BrE//snɑːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snɑːrl//
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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. The dog turned with a snarl to attack me.
  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. She gave him a snarl.
  3. 3= snarl-up rush-hour traffic snarls
  4. 4(informal) something that has become twisted in an untidy way She used conditioner to remove the snarls from her hair.
  5. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 late 16th cent.: extension of obsolete snar, of Germanic origin; related to German schnarren ‘rattle, snarl’, probably imitative. noun senses 3 to 4 late Middle English (in the senses ‘snare, noose’ and ‘catch in a snare’): from snare.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: snarl

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