1 a vicious angry growl
2 an angry vicious expression
1 utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone; "The sales clerky snapped a reply at the angry customer"; "The guard snarled at us" [syn: snap]
2 make a snarling noise or move with a snarling noise; "Bullets snarled past us"
3 twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; "The child entangled the cord" [syn: entangle, tangle, mat] [ant: disentangle, disentangle]
- Rhymes: -ɑː(r)l
knot or complication of hair, thread, or the like, difficult to disentangle
act of snarling
- To form raised work upon the outer surface of (thin metal ware) by the repercussion of a snarling iron upon the inner surface.
- To entangle; to complicate; to involve in knots; as, to snarl a skein of thread.
- To embarrass; to insnare.
- To growl, as an angry or surly dog; to gnarl; to utter grumbling sounds.
- To speak crossly; to talk in rude, surly terms.
To form raised work upon the outer surface of
A snarl is a facial expression, where the upper lip is raised, and the nostrils widen, generally indicating hate, anger or pain. In addition to humans, other mammals including monkeys and dogs snarl, often to warn others of their potential bite. In humans, snarling uses the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle. Snarling is often accompanied by or used synonymously with threatening vocalizations (it may also be used as an onomatopoeia for a threatening noise, as in the 'snarl' of a chainsaw). The atrophy of this muscle with age makes sometime a symmetrical or asymmetrical Alar vertical retraction and accentuates the "tear trough. Then the nose looks always bigger when we age.
snarl in Italian: Brontolìo
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