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Adjective: tangled  tang-guld
  1. In a confused mass
    "pushed back her tangled hair"; "the tangled ropes"
  2. Highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
    "Oh, what a tangled web we weave";
    - Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tortuous
Verb: tangle  tang-gul
  1. Force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
    "They were tangled up by the events";
    - embroil, sweep, sweep up, drag, drag in
  2. Make more complicated or confused
    - ravel, knot
  3. Disarrange or rumple; dishevel
    "The strong wind tangled my hair";
    - tousle, dishevel
  4. Twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
    "The child tangled the cord";
    - entangle, mat, snarl

See also: afoul, complex, enmeshed, entangled, foul, fouled, intermeshed, knotty, matted, rootbound, snarled, snarly, thrown [archaic], thrown and twisted [archaic]

Type of: disarrange, distort, enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, involve, lace, twine, twist

Antonym: untangled

Encyclopedia: Tangled