Adjective "Snarling" definition and examples

(Snarling may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


(of an animal such as a dog) make an aggressive growl with bared teeth.
  1. 'The wolves of the group suddenly rushed towards the direction of the sound, baring their teeth and snarling.'
  2. 'We woke to find him challenging his own reflection, baring his big teeth and snarling between barks.'
  3. 'A dog snarled at us viciously but he was caged and couldn't get at us.'
  4. 'As the door slammed shut behind the girl, Brooke bared her teeth and snarled viciously after her, only a second before she fell into a hacking cough.'
  5. 'As soon as he turned to face it, the beast jumped on him, snarling, and baring its sharp teeth.'
  6. 'His entire body swivels around and he advances menacingly like a stray dog snarling over a piece of meat.'
  7. 'The dog snarls at the actor, then starts to chase him.'
  8. 'A pack of wolves, fifty at least, were coming toward her, hackles raised, teeth bared, snarling.'
  9. 'The wolf that followed him snarled visibly, his teeth bared in their direction as he paused a moment before passing beyond the door.'
  10. 'Papa's Yorkshire terrier was tied in the truck bed and when one of the elephants walked by, the dog snarled and snapped, straining at the end of her chain.'
  11. 'I used to snarl at anyone I disliked'
  12. with object 'he snarled a few choice remarks at them'
  13. 'But then, curiously, he did not snarl contemptuously that they were wrong and that he had a sackful of lawyers to say so.'
  14. '‘If you do not speak, your prime minister will die,’ Eric snarled.'
  15. '‘I don't have to,’ Ryan snarled, turning back to me, a twisted grin on his face.'
  16. '‘I don't have issues with Liz,’ I interrupted, and didn't know I was snarling.'
  17. 'Robert snarled, ‘If they are back why then, are you here with me when you should be there!’'
  18. 'Well, okay, but would the waiter have felt better if I'd snarled at him instead?'
  19. '‘Stay out of my family's business,’ she had snarled at the counselor as she grabbed her son away.'
  20. '‘You are an abomination of nature,’ another one of the men snarled.'
  21. 'Jumping at the start of her cell phone, Laura snarled into the receiver upon opening it in an angry Russian,'
  22. '‘Well I think it's a great name for a cat and you're a bloody fool for not thinking such,’ the child snarled.'


An act or sound of snarling.
  1. 'A snarl sounded behind him, and Carl's body snapped backward.'
  2. 'With a snarl of rage and perhaps also of fear the creature began to struggle against the steel clamps around his arms and feet.'
  3. 'For a moment, he seemed close to the edge, his expression contorting into a snarl of venomous hatred and barely-contained rage; but he made no physical move.'


Entangle something.
  1. 'But the buses can be horribly crowded at times and are often held in the long traffic jams that snarl up key points at rush hours.'
  2. 'There were the usual murmurings about congestion snarling up the M8 which had delayed some making the trip from Edinburgh to the Glasgow Hilton.'
  3. 'Carriages would be forced onto the road, snarling up traffic flows and putting lives at risk, suggested BDS member Sue Hamley, of Ty Rhos, Llanycefn.'
  4. 'She got stuck in a traffic jam which had snarled up the road from Kew Bridge Station all the way to Chiswick Roundabout.'
  5. 'For some time, the roads were clear, but after the meet petered out at around 7.30 pm, the return of the protesters in vans and buses once again snarled up traffic during peak evening hours.'
  6. 'the coach became snarled up in traffic'
Decorate (metalwork) with raised shapes by hammering the underside.


    A knot or tangle.
    1. 'They brushed her hair until it was straight and there were no more snarls or knots.'
    2. 'Ramone glared at him slightly, snatching it from him and starting to comb through the tangled snarls of crimson hair, green eyes still watching him from under an unkempt fringe.'
    3. 'At some point, all tapestries encounter setbacks: snarls and kinks that tangle or block the work.'

    More definitions

    1. to growl threateningly or viciously, especially with a raised upper lip to bare the teeth, as a dog.

    2. to speak in a surly or threatening manner suggestive of a dog's snarl. verb (used with object)

    3. to say by snarling: to snarl a threat. noun

    4. the act of snarling.

    5. a snarling sound or utterance.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "masks can be snarling."

    "heads can be snarling."


    (snarl)Late Middle English (in the senses ‘snare, noose’ and ‘catch in a snare’): from snare.