Meaning of “snarl” in the English Dictionary

"snarl" in British English

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snarlverb [ I or T ]

uk /snɑːl/ us /snɑːrl/

snarl verb [ I or T ] (SOUND)

(especially of dogs) to make a deep, rough sound while showing the teeth, usually in anger or (of people) to speak or say something angrily and forcefully:

The dogs started to snarl at each other so I had to separate them.
[ + speech ] "Go to hell!", he snarled.

snarl verb [ I or T ] (TWIST)

US to become twisted together and difficult to separate; to make something become twisted together :

The yarn snarled as she unwound it.
That old brush will snarl your hair.

snarlnoun [ C ]

uk /snɑːl/ us /snɑːrl/

snarl noun [ C ] (MESS)

an untidy mass of things that are twisted together:

She tried to comb the snarls out of her daughter's long hair.
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 fierce sound 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 become stuck, 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 fierce sound or way of speaking:

The dog's snarl frightened me.

(Definition of “snarl” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)