gnarly [nahr-lee] ExamplesWord Origin adjective, gnarl·i·er, gnarl·i·est.

  1. gnarled.
  2. Slang. distasteful; distressing; offensive; gross: a comic noted for his gnarly humor.

Origin of gnarly First recorded in 1820–30; gnarl1 + -y1 Related formsgnarl·i·ness, noun Related Words for gnarliest hairy, boss, great, keen, magnificent, marvelous, neat, nifty, sensational, superb, swell, wonderful, finest Examples from the Web for gnarliest Contemporary Examples of gnarliest

  • And on the new, pavement beaches, surfers would enjoy the highest, gnarliest waves in history.

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  • Historical Examples of gnarliest

  • The gnarliest will have some redeeming traits even to the eye.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for gnarliest gnarly adjective

    1. another word for gnarled
    2. NZ informal good; great
    3. surfing slang difficult and dangerous

    Word Origin and History for gnarliest gnarly adj.

    1829, “knotted and rugged,” from gnarl (see gnarled) + -y (2). Picked up 1970s as surfer slang to describe a dangerous wave; it had spread in teen slang by 1982, where it meant both “excellent” and “disgusting.”

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