There are 2 definitions of snarl in English:

snarl1

Syllabification: snarl
Pronunciation: /snärl
 
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verb

[no object]
1(Of an animal such as a dog) make an aggressive growl with bared teeth: (as adjective snarling) snarling Dobermans
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  • It was the most horrendous place, because it was so savage, Alsatian dogs were snarling at you all the time, there was hardly any food.
  • Papa's Yorkshire terrier was tied in the truck bed and when one of the elephants walked by, the dog snarled and snapped, straining at the end of her chain.
  • A dog snarled at us viciously but he was caged and couldn't get at us.
Synonyms
growl, gnash one's teeth
1.1 [reporting verb] (Of a person) say something in an angry, bad-tempered voice: I used to snarl at anyone I disliked [with direct speech]: “Shut your mouth!” he snarled [with object]: he snarled a few choice remarks at them
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  • Jeremy could almost hear the voice of his stepfather snarling the words as he read them, and he felt his rage building.
  • Jumping at the start of her cell phone, Laura snarled into the receiver upon opening it in an angry Russian,
  • She was snarling as if these were quite horrid things to say.
Synonyms
say roughly, say brusquely, say nastily, bark, snap, growl
informal jump down someone's throat

noun

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An act or sound of snarling: the cat drew its mouth back in a snarl
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  • A snarl sounded behind him, and Carl's body snapped backward.
  • An owl hooted mysteriously, but was silenced by the sound of a low snarl followed by a thud.
  • She could hear the sounds of barks and snarls behind her as she turned a corner.

Origin

late 16th century: extension of obsolete snar, of Germanic origin; related to German schnarren 'rattle, snarl', probably imitative.

Derivatives

snarler

noun
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  • When liberals gave Rice hell during her confirmation hearing, the right-wing snarlers of cable TV pounced on Oliphant's rendition.

snarlingly

adverb
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  • Whenever the subject of the war comes up, the hosts - to a one - are snarlingly hostile to any critic, and utterly toadying to the Bush administration.
  • During an altercation with some soldiers, Joaquin is killed when confronted by Captain Love (a snarlingly evil Matt Letscher) and Alejandro decides to drown his sorrows in beer, a temporary solution if ever there was one.
  • Ineffably cool and snarlingly righteous, it blows initially-impressive recent efforts by both Massive Attack and Primal Scream into the water simply by means of having something to say and a definite way to say it.

snarly

adjective
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  • Cheney's tone, of course, is a snarly bass growl.
  • It doesn't have any of these snarly, ratty, great farfisa sounds that the real instrument did.
  • The words were short and to the point, yet profoundly eloquent, spoken in a loud and snarly voice spiced with a few adjectives not appropriate for the ears of young stick-handlers.

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There are 2 definitions of snarl in English:

snarl2

Syllabification: snarl
Pronunciation: /
 
snärl/

verb

[with object]
1Entangle or impede (something): the bus got snarled up in the downtown traffic
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  • There were the usual murmurings about congestion snarling up the M8 which had delayed some making the trip from Edinburgh to the Glasgow Hilton.
  • We would like to suggest that the LCC comes up with a system of levy collection which will not snarl up traffic and cause congestion. One suggestion would be pre-payments by all the minibuses that use Kulima Tower bus station.
  • For some time, the roads were clear, but after the meet petered out at around 7.30 pm, the return of the protesters in vans and buses once again snarled up traffic during peak evening hours.
Synonyms
tangle, entangle, entwine, enmesh, ravel, knot, foul
2Decorate (metalwork) with raised shapes by hammering the underside.

noun

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A knot or tangle: snarls of wild raspberry plants our hair hung in damp snarls
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  • She looked like a child brought up by wolves in the forest; her long brown hair was a tangle of snarls, surrounding a face all bones and angles.
  • At some point, all tapestries encounter setbacks: snarls and kinks that tangle or block the work.
  • They brushed her hair until it was straight and there were no more snarls or knots.

Origin

late Middle English (in the senses 'snare, noose' and 'catch in a snare'): from snare.

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