Tangled is an adjective that describes a confused mass. You’re likely to hear tangled used most often when referring to hair. If it’s tangled, you can’t brush or comb through it.

Other than discussing hair, tangled can be used to refer to anything that’s jumbled up and confused. Like that tangled pile of wires behind your television and computer that you keep tripping over. Tangled can also mean something highly complicated or intricate, like the relationships between ex-wives, ex-husbands and stepchildren in a family. The word tangled is most famous for being included in a well-known literary quote from Sir Walter Scott’s poem, “Marmion” — “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive.”

Definitions of tangled
  1. adjective

    in a confused mass

    “pushed back her
    tangled hair”
    tangled ropes”

    afoul, foul, fouled

    especially of a ship’s lines etc
    enmeshed, intermeshed

    caught as if in a mesh

    twisted together in a tangled mass
    knotty, snarled, snarly

    tangled in knots or snarls

    tangled in a dense mass

    having the roots matted or densely tangled
    thrown, thrown and twisted

    twisted together; as of filaments spun into a thread

  2. adjective

    highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

    “”Oh, what a
    tangled web we weave”- Sir Walter Scott”
    Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tortuous


    complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts

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