snell

1
[ snel ]
/ snɛl /

noun

a short piece of nylon, gut, or the like, by which a fishhook is attached to a line.

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Origin of snell

1
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; origin uncertain

Definition for snell (2 of 3)

snell2
[ snel ]
/ snɛl /

adjective Chiefly Scot.

active; lively: a snell lad.
witty: a snell remark.
severe: snell weather.

Origin of snell

2
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old High German snel (German schnell) quick, Old Norse snjallr excellent

Definition for snell (3 of 3)

Snell
[ snel ]
/ snɛl /

noun

Peter (George), born 1938, New Zealand distance runner.
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British Dictionary definitions for snell (1 of 2)

snell
/ (snɛl) /

adjective

Scot biting; bitter; sharp

Word Origin for snell

Old English snel quick, active

British Dictionary definitions for snell (2 of 2)

Snell
/ (snɛl) /

noun

Sir Peter (George). born 1938, New Zealand athlete; winner of three Olympic gold medals: for the 800 metres in 1960, and again in 1964, when he also won gold for the 1500 metres
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Medical definitions for snell

Snell
[ snĕl ]
George 1903-1996

American geneticist. He shared a 1980 Nobel Prize for discoveries concerning cell structure that enhanced understanding of the immunological system, resulting in higher success rates in organ transplantation.
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