something twisted and tight and swollen;
"their muscles stood out in knots"
"the old man's fists were two great gnarls"
"his stomach was in knots"
twist into a state of deformity;
"The wind has gnarled this old tree"
make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath;
"she grumbles when she feels overworked"
- The gnarled, bearded features of Homer are dear to me, for he, too, knew blindness.
- Covered with knots or knobs; gnarled.