gnarl (n.)

  1. something twisted and tight and swollen; their muscles stood out in knots; the old mans fists were two great gnarls; his stomach was in knots

    [ Syn: knot ]

    gnarl (v.)

  1. twist into a state of deformity; The wind has gnarled this old tree'

  2. make complaining remarks or noises under ones breath; she grumbles when she feels overworked

    [ Syn: murmur , mutter , grumble , croak ]

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