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English noun: snarl

1. snarl (communication) a vicious angry growl

Broader (hypernym)utterance, vocalization

2. snarl (communication) an angry vicious expression

Broader (hypernym)facial expression, facial gesture

3. snarl (cognition) something jumbled or confused

SamplesA tangle of government regulations.

Synonymsmaze, tangle

Broader (hypernym)perplexity

English verb: snarl

1. snarl (communication) utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone

SamplesThe sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer.
The guard snarled at us.

ExamplesSam and Sue snarl, They snarl that there was a traffic accident


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

2. snarl (communication) make a snarling noise or move with a snarling noise

SamplesBullets snarled past us.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

3. snarl (contact) twist together or entwine into a confusing mass

SamplesThe child entangled the cord.

ExamplesThey snarl their hair

Synonymsentangle, mat, tangle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)distort, twine, twist

Narrower (hyponym)enmesh, ensnarl, felt, mesh

Antonymsunsnarl, disentangle, straighten out

4. snarl (change) make more complicated or confused through entanglements

Synonymsembrangle, snarl up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)complicate, perplex

Narrower (hyponym)snafu

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