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Gnarly is basically anything out of the ordinary, but usually in a good way. Like a wave that is huge is a gnarly wave, but a wave that is too small would never be a gnarly wave. Some unique and different sounding music can be gnarly, but boring soft R&B can't be gnarly.

Wow dude those are some <a href="">gnarly shirts</a>!
by Doctor Levels March 23, 2009
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These kooks have no idea what GNARLY is. Gnarly is when you've gone beyond radical, beyond extreme, it's balls out danger, & or perfection, & or skill or all of that combined.
-Nobody can shred like that guy, he's fuckin gnarly.
-That chick has prefect tits, she's fucking gnarly.
-Pipeline in the winter is fucking GNARLY!
by Sandy's Rippa July 08, 2003
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slang term for something extreme. Used in bad and good cases.

Originated from the word gnarled.
That was a fucking gnarly wreck man, that dudes head flew off.

Did you see that new Local Motion board? It is gnarly.
by raecerex May 06, 2004
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grotesque, yet awesome
"That scar's fucking gnarly"
by fuckyea November 02, 2005
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adjective; used to describe anything really far out and amazing, not necessarily lovely; an extraordinary stunt, or event. Also, onomatopoeia.
"That was/is SO gnarly!"
by Jessica February 16, 2004
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Original from 70's surfspeak - to describe waves that are violently breaking without the form that would render them more rideable. Can also describe less than ideal females.
"I'm bailing on this session-waves are too gnarly" "I had to ditch her friend, she was lookin' gnarly"
by Darrell Hawkins November 24, 2002
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off the hook , totally extreme ,
That was a gnarly wipe out !!!

Did you see that dudes hat ? It was gnarly
by Gnarly Wear Dude March 16, 2006
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something super dope,rad,sik, and or mind bottling!

usually said wen describing something really cool and used when amaized or wowed!

shroter use of word "gnar".
dude! did u see that wipe out!! that was fuking gnarly!!

dude ur new skateboards prety gnar.

omg dude he's so gnarly at snowboarding!
by dope kid47 June 26, 2009
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