snaffle

1
[snaf-uh l]
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noun
  1. 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.
  1. to put a snaffle on (a horse).
  2. to control with or as with a snaffle.

Origin of snaffle

1
1525–35; origin uncertain; compare Old Frisian snavel mouth, Dutch snavel, German Schnabel beak, bill

snaffle

2
[snaf-uh l]
verb (used with object), snaf·fled, snaf·fling. British Informal.
  1. to appropriate for one's own use, especially by devious means; purloin; filch.

Origin of snaffle

2
First recorded in 1715–25; origin uncertain
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Related Words for snaffle

brake, leash, bridle, restraint

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British Dictionary definitions for snaffle

snaffle

noun
  1. Also called: snaffle bit a simple jointed bit for a horse
verb (tr)
  1. British informal to steal or take for oneself
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for snaffle
n.

"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).

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