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English noun: gnarl

1. gnarl (shape) something twisted and tight and swollen

SamplesTheir muscles stood out in knots.
The old man's fists were two great gnarls.
His stomach was in knots.


Broader (hypernym)distorted shape, distortion

English verb: gnarl

1. gnarl (contact) twist into a state of deformity

SamplesThe wind has gnarled this old tree.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bend, deform, flex, turn, twist

2. gnarl (communication) make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath

SamplesShe grumbles when she feels overworked.

Synonymscroak, grumble, murmur, mutter

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

Broader (hypernym)complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off

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