Definition of tangled in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaŋɡld/


1Twisted together untidily; matted: his hair was a tangled mess
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  • By now the path has degraded into the faintest of trails, partly hidden by leaves, obscured sometimes entirely by masses of tangled roots.
  • Beside him, the Indian girl came partway awake, batting a clot of tangled hair from her face.
  • I bend down to give her a kiss, pulling back the tangled mesh of her black hair.
1.1Complicated and confused; chaotic: a tangled tale the tangled relationships between Ryan and Marissa, and Seth and Summer
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  • They're locked in a feedback loop, a tangled form of denial.
  • He doesn't name a specific place, a specific society, or a particular world for Mozart's tangled love game.
  • The truth of course is that sex is more potent than politics, even the tangled politics of royalty.


a tangled web

A complex, difficult, and confusing situation or thing: a tangled web of lies
From ‘O what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive’ (Scott's Marmion)
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  • The whole situation had been a tangled web, but after everything that had occurred, he knew that for the sake of family and for the sake of a child, he knew he would have to go back.
  • I didn't mention that I had dated a total of one guy, had a disastrous event with two others and was in a tangled web of confusion with a third.
  • It may be the most complex structure in the universe, a tangled web of more than a hundred billion nerve cells.

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