Pronunciation Adjective

gnarly (comparative gnarlier, superlative gnarliest)

  1. Having or characterized by gnarls; gnarled.
  2. (slang) Excellent; attractive.
  3. (slang, US) Dangerous; difficult.
    a gnarly problem
  4. (slang, US) Unpleasant, awful, ugly.
    • 1981, Dan Jenkins, Baja Oklahoma, New York, N.Y.: Atheneum Books, ISBN 978-0-689-11173-0; reprinted New York, N.Y.: Pocket Books, 1982, ISBN 978-0-671-45163-9, page 269:
      We're not talking about a lame chick and a gnarly guy. We're talking about a couple of far-out dudes.
    1. (slang, US) Of music or a sound: harsh.
Synonyms Translations
  • Russian: клёвый

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