snaffle

1
[ snaf-uh l ]
/ ˈsnæf əl /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), snaf·fled, snaf·fling.

to put a snaffle on (a horse).
to control with or as with a snaffle.

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Origin of snaffle

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1525–35; origin uncertain; compare Old Frisian snavel mouth, Dutch snavel, German Schnabel beak, bill

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Definition for snaffle (2 of 2)

snaffle2
[ snaf-uh l ]
/ ˈsnæf əl /

verb (used with object), snaf·fled, snaf·fling. British Informal.

to appropriate for one's own use, especially by devious means; purloin; filch.

Origin of snaffle

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First recorded in 1715–25; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for snaffle

snaffle
/ (ˈsnæfəl) /

noun

Also called: snaffle bit a simple jointed bit for a horse

verb (tr)

British informal to steal or take for oneself
to equip or control with a snaffle

Word Origin for snaffle

C16: of uncertain origin; compare Old Frisian snavel mouth, Old High German snabul beak
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