Definition of gnarled in English:


Syllabification: gnarled
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, contortedtwisted, bent, misshapen; arthritic; rough, wrinkled, wizened


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

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