Sense: 1-2
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: snar 'to snarl' (1500-1600), from the sound.
Sense: 3
Date: 1300-1400
Origin: snarl 'net for catching things' (14-19 centuries), from SNARE1


1 [intransitive]HBAC if an animal snarls, it makes a low angry sound and shows its teeth [↪ growl]
snarl at
The dog growled and snarled at me.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to speak or say something in a nasty, angry way:
'Shut up,' he snarled.
3 [transitive usually passive] also snarl up British EnglishTTCTTR to prevent traffic from moving:
Traffic snarled up on both sides of the road.
snarl noun [countable]
an angry snarl

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