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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.
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"snarl" in British English

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snarlverb [I or T]

uk   /snɑːl/ us   /snɑːrl/
(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.
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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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