1. graded adjective & adjective
A gnarled tree is twisted and strangely shaped because it is old. ⇒ ...a large and beautiful garden full of ancient gnarled trees.
2. graded adjective & adjective A person who is gnarled looks very old because their skin has lines on it or their body is bent. If someone has gnarled hands, their hands are twisted as a result of old age or illness. ⇒ ...gnarled old men. ⇒ His hands were gnarled with arthritis.
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