I. verb Etymology: Middle English, to trap, entangle, probably frequentative of snaren to snare Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to cause to become knotted and intertwined ; tangle 2. to make excessively complicated intransitive verb to become snarled • snarler noun II. noun Etymology: Middle English snarle snare, noose, probably from snarlen, verb Date: 1609 1. a tangle especially of hairs or thread ; knot 2. a tangled situation <
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snarly adjective III. verb Etymology: frequentative of obsolete English snar to growl; akin to Middle Low German snorren to drone, rattle Date: 1589 intransitive verb 1. to growl with a snapping, gnashing, or display of teeth 2. to give vent to anger in surly language transitive verb to utter or express with a snarl or by snarling • snarler noun IV. noun Date: 1613 a surly angry growl • snarly adjective

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