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The term ‘snarl’ was originally used in relation to an animal that growls and bares its teeth aggressively when angry or trying to be threatening. It has since been adapted to also express a person who says something in a fierce and nasty way. That does not mean shouting, rather a snapping venting of anger conducted with sharp language.
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You don’t need to snarl at me! Just explain what you think I have done wrong in a calm, rational manner.
As I walked past the building site, the security dog at the entrance snarled at me through the fence.
It’s not nice to be around Paul. He’s a snarling, brooding type of person who always comes across as being very menacing.