Gnarliest



[nahr-lee] /ˈnɑr li/

adjective, gnarlier, gnarliest.
1.
.
2.
Slang. distasteful; distressing; offensive; gross:
a comic noted for his gnarly humor.
/ˈnɑːlɪ/
adjective
1.
another word for gnarled
2.
(NZ, informal) good; great
3.
(surfing, slang) difficult and dangerous
adj.

1829, “knotted and rugged,” from gnarl (see gnarled) + -y (2). Picked up 1970s as surfer slang to describe a dangerous wave; it had spread in teen slang by 1982, where it meant both “excellent” and “disgusting.”

adjective

[1980s+ Teenagers; said to have originated among 1970s surfers, describing a dangerous wave; this sense persisted among skateboarders until at least 1988]

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