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Meaning of “snarl” in the English Dictionary

"snarl" in British English

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snarlverb [I or T]

uk   /snɑːl/  us   /snɑːrl/
(​especially of ​dogs) to make a ​deep, ​roughsound while ​showing the ​teeth, usually in ​anger or (of ​people) to ​speak or say something ​angrily and ​forcefully: The ​dogsstarted to snarl at each other so I had to ​separate them. [+ speech] "Go to ​hell!", he snarled.
US to ​becometwisted together and ​difficult to ​separate; to make something ​becometwisted together : The ​yarn snarled as she ​unwound it. That ​oldbrush will snarl ​yourhair.

snarlnoun [C]

uk   /snɑːl/  us   /snɑːrl/
  • snarl noun [C] (SOUND)

a ​deep, ​roughsound, usually made in ​anger: The ​dog gave a ​low snarl so I ​quicklydrew my ​hand back. "Take ​yourhands off me!" she said with a snarl.
  • snarl noun [C] (MESS)

an ​untidymass of things that are ​twisted together: She ​tried to ​comb the snarls out of her daughter's ​longhair. a snarl of ​blankets on the ​bed
(Definition of snarl from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"snarl" in American English

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snarlverb [I/T]

 us   /snɑrl/
  • snarl verb [I/T] (THREATEN)

(esp. of ​dogs) to make a ​fiercesound while ​showing the ​teeth, or (of ​people) to ​speak or say something in an ​angry and ​fierce way: [I] “What do you ​want?” he snarled.
  • snarl verb [I/T] (STOP MOVEMENT)

to make or ​becomestuck, knotted, or ​blocked, and so ​unable to move ​easily: [T] The ​collision snarled ​traffic for 10 ​miles on the Interstate.

snarlnoun [C]

 us   /snɑrl/
an ​angry or ​fiercesound or way of ​speaking: The dog's snarl ​frightened me.
(Definition of snarl from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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