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[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 sniggler


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

Word Origin

C17: from C15 snig young eel
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Word Origin and History for sniggler


1840, in reference to fishing (especially for eels), agent noun from sniggle (v.) attested in this sense from 1670s, with verbal suffix -le + snig "an eel" (late 15c.), of obscure origin, but perhaps related to snake (n.), sneak (v.).

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