Etymology
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tangle (v.)

mid-14c., nasalized variant of tagilen "to involve in a difficult situation, entangle," from a Scandinavian source (compare dialectal Swedish taggla "to disorder," Old Norse þongull "seaweed"), from Proto-Germanic *thangul- (source also of Frisian tung, Dutch tang, German Tang "seaweed"); thus the original sense of the root evidently was "seaweed" as something that entangles (itself, or oars, or fishes, or nets). "The development of such a verb from a noun of limited use like tangle 1 is somewhat remarkable, and needs confirmation" [Century Dictionary]. In reference to material things, from c. 1500. Meaning "to fight with" is American English, first recorded 1928. Related: Tangled; tangling. Tanglefoot (1859) was Western American English slang for "strong whiskey."

tangle (n.)

1610s, "a tangled condition, a snarl of threads," from tangle (v.).

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Definitions of tangle
1
tangle (v.)
force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action;
Synonyms: embroil / sweep / sweep up / drag / drag in
tangle (v.)
tangle or complicate;
Synonyms: ravel / knot
tangle (v.)
disarrange or rumple; dishevel;
Synonyms: tousle / dishevel
tangle (v.)
twist together or entwine into a confusing mass;
Synonyms: entangle / mat / snarl
2
tangle (n.)
a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven;
they carved their way through the tangle of vines
tangle (n.)
something jumbled or confused;
a tangle of government regulations
Synonyms: snarl / maze
From wordnet.princeton.edu