V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: rough, twisted, and knotted, especially because of age or labor

Synonyms: twisted, roughened, misshapen, knotty, weather-beaten, wrinkled

Antonyms: smooth, youthful

Tips: Gnarled is most often used to describe trees, branches, or parts of the body affected by age and hard work, such as the hands. The related adjective gnarly has become a slang term referring to something twisted, rough, difficult, or weird.

Usage Examples:

The old fisherman had a leathery face and gnarled hands, but his expression was soft and kind. (roughened, weather-beaten)

The children often played among the branches of the gnarled old tree. (twisted, knotty)

My grandmother's hands became gnarled from arthritis. (twisted, misshapen)

I don't think I am going to go out surfing today; the waves are too gnarly. (difficult, rough, twisted)

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