gnarly vs knotted what difference

what is difference between gnarly and knotted

English

Etymology

gnarl (knot in wood) +‎ -y. The slang senses were particularly popularized by US surf culture in the 1970s.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈnɑːli/
  • (General American) enPR: närʹli, IPA(key): /ˈnɑɹli/

Adjective

gnarly (comparative gnarlier, superlative gnarliest)

  1. Having or characterized by gnarls; gnarled.
  2. (slang) Excellent; attractive.
  3. (slang, US) Dangerous; difficult.
  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.

Usage notes

Note the word’s contradictory senses of “good” and “bad”. Its meaning varies by community and context, and may be indicated by extra-verbal cues such as tone of voice. The sense of “good” is particularly associated with surf culture, to the point of being somewhat clichéd as in “gnarly wave, dude!”.

Synonyms

  • (gnarled): gnarled, knobbly, knobby
  • (slang: excellent; attractive): cool
  • (slang, US: unpleasant, awful): awful, dreadful, nasty
  • (slang, US: harsh (of music or sound)): discordant

Translations

References



English

Etymology

From Middle English knotted, iknotted, from the past participle of the verb knotten.

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɒtɪd

Adjective

knotted (comparative more knotted, superlative most knotted)

  1. Full of knots; knotty.
  2. Tied in knots.
  3. Tangled, tangly, knotty, entangled, matted, snarled, unkempt, or uncombed.
  4. Having the shape or form of a knot.

Translations

Verb

knotted

  1. simple past tense and past participle of knot

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • knottid, knottyd, iknotted, icnottet, cnottede, cnotted, icnotten

Etymology

The past participle of a rare verb knotten.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈknɔtəd/, /iˈknɔtəd/, /əˈknɔtəd/

Adjective

knotted

  1. knotted, knotty, tangled
  2. tied, linked
  3. lumpy, bumpy

Descendants

  • English: knotted
  • Scots: knottit

References

  • “knotten, v.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-23.

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