Definition of gnarly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnärlē/

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: she battled through the gnarly first sequence
Originally surfers' slang, perhaps from the appearance of rough sea
More example sentences
  • 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; unattractive: train stations can be pretty gnarly places
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  • 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.

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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Syllabification: gnarl·y

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