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1. Gnarled; misshapen.

2. Slang

a. Characterized by violent motion; powerful or turbulent: gnarly waves.

b. Unpleasant or difficult.

c. Remarkable; outstanding.

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adj, gnarlier or gnarliest

2. informal NZ good; great

3. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) surfing slang difficult and dangerous

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(ˈnɑr li)

adj. gnarl•i•er, gnarl•i•est.



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Adj. 1. gnarly – used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots; “gnarled and knotted hands”; “a knobbed stick”

crooked – having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned; “crooked country roads”; “crooked teeth”

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