Share this entry
tangled Syllabification: tan·gled
Pronunciation: /ˈtaNGɡ(ə)ld/

Definition of tangled in English:


1Twisted together untidily; matted: his hair was a tangled mess
More example sentences
  • By now the path has degraded into the faintest of trails, partly hidden by leaves, obscured sometimes entirely by masses of tangled roots.
  • Beside him, the Indian girl came partway awake, batting a clot of tangled hair from her face.
  • I bend down to give her a kiss, pulling back the tangled mesh of her black hair.
1.1Complicated and confused; chaotic: a tangled tale the tangled relationships between Ryan and Marissa, and Seth and Summer
More example sentences
  • They're locked in a feedback loop, a tangled form of denial.
  • He doesn't name a specific place, a specific society, or a particular world for Mozart's tangled love game.
  • The truth of course is that sex is more potent than politics, even the tangled politics of royalty.
confused, jumbled, mixed up, messy, chaotic, complicated, involved, complex, intricate, knotty, tortuous


a tangled web
A complex, difficult, and confusing situation or thing.
[From 'O what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive' (Scott's Marmion)]
Example sentences
  • The whole situation had been a tangled web, but after everything that had occurred, he knew that for the sake of family and for the sake of a child, he knew he would have to go back.
  • I didn't mention that I had dated a total of one guy, had a disastrous event with two others and was in a tangled web of confusion with a third.
  • It may be the most complex structure in the universe, a tangled web of more than a hundred billion nerve cells.
Definition of tangled in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources