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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gnar A knot or gnarl in wood; hence, a tough, thickset man; -- written also gnarr. "He was . . . a thick gnarre ."
    • v. i Gnar To gnarl; to snarl; to growl; -- written also gnarr. "At them he gan to rear his bristles strong,
      And felly gnarre ."
      "A thousand wants Gnarr at the heels of men."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gnar See knar.
    • gnar To growl or snarl, as a dog.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Gnar när to snarl or growl
    • Gnar Also Gnarr, Knar, Gnarl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. knarre, gnarre, akin to OD. knor, G. knorren,. Cf. Knar Knur Gnarl


In literature:

He pulled the face off one of them, literally pulled it off with those gnarly fingers of his and those tremendous muscles.
"Before Adam" by Jack London
By October 1 the tops were still small and a little gnarly; big roots had not yet formed.
"Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway" by Steve Solomon
In front stands the old brown anvil set upon a gnarly maple block.
"Adventures In Friendship" by David Grayson
The utterance was hard, knotty, gnarly, backed with wrath.
"Abraham Lincoln" by George Haven Putnam
In the hollow grew a gnarly box-elder tree.
"The Court of Boyville" by William Allen White
Some gnarly apple which I pick up in the road reminds me by its fragrance of all the wealth of Pomona.
"An English Grammar" by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
It had been seen to destroy a four year old bull by a single impact upon that animal's gnarly forehead.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8" by Ambrose Bierce
From the low-growing limbs of a couple of gnarly cedars, old Momus had stretched the sheepskins which Joseph, the shepherd, had given them.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
He spent a good many hours during the next three or four days lying in the shade of a gnarly arbutus which gave on the cliffs.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
There, upon a hillside, stands a clump of gnarly, dwarfed olives, making you think of Bible times and the Old Testament.
"Roughing it De Luxe" by Irvin S. Cobb
The tree becomes broken, diseased, gnarly, unshapely.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
A philosophical Doctor: A disconsolate Meat-jack, gnarring and creaking with rust and work.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
Gnarly fruit may be used for jellies or marmalades by cutting out defective portions.
"Canned Fruit, Preserves, and Jellies: Household Methods of Preparation" by Maria Parloa
He was tall and gnarly and the point of his chin rested stiffly on the slope of his shoulder.
"Shadow Mountain" by Dane Coolidge
I can still git 'round with dis old gnarly cane.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
The house itself looked like a withered and gnarly apple left hanging upon the tree from the year before.
"Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
Golden Seal is a perennial plant, the gnarly, knotty root of which is the part used in medicine.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Suddenly machines began to gnar, and the waves to whirl, and an iron bridge rose out of the water.
"Hesperus or Forty-Five Dog-Post-Days Vol. I." by Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
To Jeanne's astonishment she put out her small white fingers and took Jeanne's gnarly old hand in a firm grip.
"Rough-Hewn" by Dorothy Canfield
No door-plate shimmered, purporting, in gothic undecipherables gnarly as Pharaoh's lean kine, to name the occupant.
"The Army Mule and Other War Sketches" by Henry A. Castle

In poetry:

Upon a gnarly, knotty limb
That fought the current's crest,
Where shocks of reeds peeped o'er the brim,
Wild wasps had glued their nest.
"An Idyl" by John Charles McNeill
She rode o'er hill, she rode o'er plain,
She rode by fields of barley,
By morning-glories filled with rain,
And beechen branches gnarly.
"The Ride" by Madison Julius Cawein
Rare souvenirs the stranger sees--
Who never sees a joke--
And innocently dreams that these,
From knotty, gnarly, scraggy trees,
Were once the Charter Oak!
"The Charter Oak" by Hattie Howard
"Now turn I towards the Shepherd: lo,
An aged Ram, flapp'd, gnarly-horn'd,
With bones that crackle o'er the snow,
Rheum'd, wind-gall'd, rag-fleec'd, burr'd and thorn'd.
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
Old forests, where the gnarly oak stands regnant
Bristling with twigs that still repullulate,
And, swoln with spring, with sappy sweetness pregnant,
The maple blushes with its leafy weight.
"Spring" by Madison Julius Cawein
Oft the satyr spirit, beauty-drunken,
Of the Spring called; and the music-measure
Of thy sap made answer; and thy sunken
Veins grew vehement with youth, whose pressure
Swelled thy gnarly muscles, winter-shrunken.
"A Fallen Beech" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Notable deaths in arts, A to M. Lake of gnarly waves.
"That's some pretty gnarly stuff down there," Charlie Ingram said under his breath as he worked his jig-n-pig through the tangled branches of a submerged tree.
Make the most of gnarly waves and little one s .
Moon bought a can of sardines that were coated in mustard and they were gnarly.
Round about the crockpot go In the gnarly organics throw Soup in bowl of sourdough Hair ripp'd from bear in the Castro Can you get 'em in Fairfield.
Thus, they've been adding to their inventory, which now includes zinfandels under the Artezin brand from Mendocino County and Dry Creek Valley, the Gnarly Head from Lodi, and the Klinker Brick.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. People all over town are talking about that gnarly stomach bug .
Waiting for Lighting, perhaps because it tempers its reliance on overly dramatic backstory while mixing in plenty of gnarly skateboarding footage, is a great addition to the growing canon of extreme-sport documentaries .
8 gnarly adventures that will make teens grin .
These two gnarly dudes come up with the only reasonable alternative — motorized surfboards.
Dane Reynolds (Ventura, CA) took a gnarly Sunset day by the horns today, and put on the show of the contest in the final heat of the Vans World Cup of Surfing's Round of 64.
The gnarly beauties of fall.
A Gnarly Father-Son Bildung -Backpack.
In-Loop: The curl on the street today is pretty gnarly, brah.
How Soon We Forget the Gnarly Gridlocks of Yesteryear.