Definition of gnarled in English:

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Pronunciation: /närld/


Knobbly, rough, and twisted, especially with age: the gnarled old oak tree
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  • 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.
knobbly, knotty, knotted, gnarly, lumpy, bumpy, nodular;
twisted, bent, crooked, distorted, contorted
twisted, bent, misshapen;
rough, wrinkled, wizened


Early 17th century: variant of knarled, from knar.

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Syllabification: gnarled

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