Definition of gnarly in English:


Syllabification: gnarl·y
Pronunciation: /ˈnärlē

adjective (gnarlier, gnarliest)

  • 1Gnarled.
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    • 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]
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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; 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.

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