Definition of Gnarly

1. Adjective. Used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots. "A knobbed stick"

Exact synonyms: Gnarled, Knobbed, Knotted, Knotty
Similar to: Crooked
Derivative terms: Gnarl



Definition of Gnarly

1. a. Full of knots; knotty; twisted; crossgrained.

Definition of Gnarly

1. Adjective. having or characterized by gnarls; gnarled ¹

2. Adjective. (US slang) dangerous ¹

3. Adjective. (US slang) unpleasant, awful, ugly ¹

4. Adjective. (slang) excellent, attractive ¹

5. Adjective. (US slang) Of music or a sound, harsh ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gnarly

1. gnarled [adj GNARLIER, GNARLIEST]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gnarly

gnaborretni
gnaborretnis
gnaff
gnamma
gnammas
gnaphalium
gnaphaliums
gnar
gnarl
gnarled
gnarley
gnarlier
gnarliest
gnarling
gnarls
gnarly (current term)
gnarr
gnarred
gnarring
gnarrs
gnars
gnash
gnashed
gnasher
gnashers
gnashes
gnashing
gnashingly
gnasht
gnashy

Literary usage of Gnarly

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. War-time Echoes: Patriotic Poems, Heroic and Pathetic, Humorous and by James Henry Brownlee (1898)
"THE gnarly SAILOR MAN. IT WAS a gnarly sailor man Tattooed across the breast, Who waddled toward a coil of rope And sat thereon to rest. ..."

2. Annotations Upon Popular Hymns by Charles Seymour Robinson (1893)
"... the temple of God is a cedar one, but the cedars were all gnarly trees before he cut them down." Earthly perplexity is therefore a heavenly discipline. ..."

3. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"... i. of gnarls or rough knots ; gnarly. With thy sharp And sulphurous bolt Split ti ... Till, by degrees, the tough and gnarly trunk Be rlv'd in sunder. ..."

4. Manual of Plant Diseases by Paul Sorauer, Gustav Lindau, Ludwig Reh (1922)
"The tubers themselves are somewhat like those at the gnarly base of old oaks or lindens and those in the bark of the red beech; they are the woody trunk of ..."

5. Bulletin by Bureau of Biological Survey, United States (1911)
"Open fissures extending toward the bark and surrounded by much gnarly wood ... They are surrounded by gnarly wood, and some are one-half inch by 1 inch in ..."

6. Bulletin by Geological Society of America (1905)
"Sandstone, micaceous and compact, containing layers of gnarly limestone from 2 to 12 inches thick 18 24. Calcareous sandstone, generally red, ..."

7. The Journal of Geology by University of Chicago Department of Geology and Paleontology (1907)
"Limestone, blue, gnarly looking, massive ij 10. Sandstone red and green layers alternating 12 9. ... Limestone, sandy near base, gnarly, fossiliferous 6 7. ..."

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