Gnarled



[nahrld] /nɑrld/

adjective
1.
(of trees) full of or covered with ; bent; twisted.
2.
having a rugged, weather-beaten appearance:
a gnarled old sea captain.
3.
crabby; cantankerous.
[nahrl] /nɑrl/
noun
1.
a knotty protuberance on a tree; knot.
verb (used with object)
2.
to twist into a knotted or distorted form.
[nahrl] /nɑrl/
verb (used without object)
1.
to growl; snarl.
/nɑːld/
adjective
1.
having gnarls
2.
(esp of hands) rough, twisted, and weather-beaten in appearance
3.
perverse or ill-tempered
/nɑːl/
noun
1.
any knotty protuberance or swelling on a tree
verb
2.
(transitive) to knot or cause to knot
/nɑːl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (obsolete) to growl or snarl
adj.

the source of the group of words that includes gnarl (v.), gnarl (n.), gnarly is Shakespeare’s use of gnarled in 1603:

Thy sharpe and sulpherous bolt Splits the vn-wedgable and gnarled Oke. [“Measure for Measure,” II.ii.116]

OED and Barnhart call it a variant of knurled, from Middle English knar “knot in wood” (late 14c.), originally “a rock, a stone;” of uncertain origin. “(Gnarled) occurs in one passage of Shakes. (for which the sole authority is the folio of 1623), whence it came into general use in the nineteenth century” [OED].

v.

“contort, twist,” 1814, a back-formation from gnarled. As a noun from 1824. Earlier the verb was used in a sense of “to snarl” (1590s).

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