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sniggle

[snig-uh l]
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verb (used without object), snig·gled, snig·gling.
  1. to fish for eels by thrusting a baited hook into their lurking places.
verb (used with object), snig·gled, snig·gling.
  1. to catch by sniggling.

Origin of sniggle

1645–55; snig eel (late Middle English snigge) + -le
Related formssnig·gler [snig-ler] /ˈsnɪg lər/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sniggle

sniggle

verb
  1. (intr) to fish for eels by dangling or thrusting a baited hook into cavities
  2. (tr) to catch (eels) by sniggling
noun
  1. the baited hook used for sniggling eels
Derived Formssniggler, noun

Word Origin

C17: from C15 snig young eel
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