1 growl; snap:
I admit I found three snarling Dobermans a bit off-putting. The clerk snarled at me when I asked for a form.
With a snarl the dog leapt at his throat.
1 Often, snarl up. tangle, entangle, complicate, confuse, scramble, muddle, twist, mix or mess up, Colloq ball up, screw up:
This situation is so snarled up that we'll never straighten it out
2 tangle, entangle, knot, twist, ravel, jam, kink:
The rope won't feed through the pulley because it's all snarled.
3 tangle, entanglement, complexity, snag, problem, difficulty, complication, muddle, mess, predicament, fix, quandary, dilemma, Colloq snarl-up, tight spot, pickle:
The situation was full of snarls and problems.
4 jungle, maze, labyrinth, knot:
The drain was clogged by a snarl of hair.