Definition of gnarly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɑːli/

adjective (gnarlier, gnarliest)

Example sentences
  • Tucked away in the forest, and only accessible to those with local knowledge, its old contorted paperbark trees exhibited gnarly branches, trunks and burls.
  • The tree itself had been small and gnarly, withered and twisted like the arthritic seizure of an old man.
  • Once again, I defer to Timothy Gowers and his masterful lecture, where he spells out in detail how research contributions can be twisted, gnarly things that are hard to linearize.
2North American informal Difficult, dangerous, or challenging: he’d taken a fall during a particularly gnarly practice session
Originally surfers' slang, perhaps from the appearance of rough sea
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  • The two things you need to know about Steve Roche, are that he gets things done and he does bizarre gnarly and difficult tricks on a skateboard.
  • ‘Parts of Scotland are fantastic, really hardcore, gnarly, dangerous,’ he enthuses, fidgeting as he seems to imagine himself negotiating a climb.
  • Grob was giddy as hell up there, because the gnarly floes offered a rare challenge to a jaded ice-breaker.
2.1Unpleasant or unattractive: stations can be pretty gnarly places
More example sentences
  • Yep, we have rolling blackouts, gnarly gas prices - over two bucks a gallon - and it's really not even sunny right now, either.
  • Beeswax melts at a higher temperature than something like paraffin and you could actually give yourself some gnarly blisters this way.
  • I'll trade in my sandals, shorts and sunnies for a hip flask of brandy and a gnarly old jacket which can't quite keep the wind out.
2.2Very good; excellent: you’re going to make some lucky guy a pretty gnarly wife
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  • Hence, I will not be blogging after work anymore but instead I shall carve up some gnarly waves with my posse of surfers on Sydney's northern beaches for the foreseeable future.
  • My friend Biella, a tireless EFF volunteer who's also finishing a PhD in anthropology, studying hacker culture, has posted a really gnarly paper that she presented at the Digital Genres conference.
  • It's questionable whether he's a great filmmaker or just a clever fanboy, but either way, he has an undeniable knack for making his obsessions seem pretty damn gnarly.

Words that rhyme with gnarly

Bali, barley, Cali, Carly, Charlie, Dali, Diwali, finale, Gurkhali, Kali, Kigali, Mali, Marley, marly, Pali, parley, snarly, Somali, Svengali, tamale

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