- Knobbly, rough, and twisted, especially with age: the gnarled old oak treeMore example sentences
knobbly, knotty, knotted, gnarly, lumpy, bumpy, nodular, rough; twisted, bent, crooked, distorted, contortedarthritic, misshapen; knotty, rough, leathery, weather-beaten, weathered, wrinkled, wizened; Scottish thrawn• archaic wry
- The rough surface and the gnarled features have become the distinctive marks of his works.
- Renowned for its longevity, a gnarled, twisted olive tree can bear fruit for several hundred years.
- The disciples have gnarled hands, rough faces with the grime and sweat of an arduous day at their fishing nets.
early 17th century: variant of knarled, from knar.