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Noun: gnarl  naa(r)l
  1. Something twisted and tight and swollen
    "the old man's fists were two great gnarls";
    - knot
Verb: gnarl  naa(r)l
  1. Twist into a state of deformity
    "The wind has gnarled this old tree"
  2. Make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
    "she gnarls when she feels overworked";
    - murmur, mutter, grumble, croak, chunter [Brit]

Derived forms: gnarled, gnarls, gnarling

Type of: bend, complain, deform, distorted shape, distortion, flex, kick, kvetch [N. Amer], moan, plain [archaic], quetch, sound off, turn, twist

Encyclopedia: Gnarl