- n something twisted and tight and swollen
the old man's fists were two great gnarls
- v twist into a state of deformity
The wind has gnarled this old tree
- v make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
- Roots and trunks begin to warp, gnarl and shrink.
- He knows how consciences can cramp under strain, how idealism can gnarl the mind.
- Wiggins is a robust man with snow white hair, eyebrows that arch in incredulity and strong hands beginning to gnarl like briar.