- Also called snaffle bit. a bit, usually jointed in the middle and without a curb, with a large ring at each end to which a rein and cheek strap are attached.
- to put a snaffle on (a horse).
- to control with or as with a snaffle.
Origin of snaffle1
- to appropriate for one's own use, especially by devious means; purloin; filch.
Origin of snaffle2
Examples from the Web for snaffle
He rattled the snaffle in his mouth with nervous indecision—he had a notion to try it.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Only don't you go a-pullin' at her, ride her in the snaffle, and as light as you can.That Boy Of Norcott's
Charles James Lever
That girl, madam, needs the curb, and you have been guiding her with the snaffle.'Hildegarde's Holiday
Laura E. Richards
The horse must be ridden in a snaffle, as young Flixton could tell you.
It may be necessary for her to ride at this pace with a double bridle (curb and snaffle).The Horsewoman
Alice M. Hayes
- Also called: snaffle bit a simple jointed bit for a horse
- British informal to steal or take for oneself
- to equip or control with a snaffle
Word Origin and History for snaffle
"simple bridle-bit," 1530s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from or related to Dutch snavel "beak, bill;" cf. German Schnabel "beak, face," Old English nebb, Old Norse neff "beak, nose" (see neb).