sniggle

[ snig-uh l ]
/ ˈsnɪg əl /

verb (used without object), snig·gled, snig·gling.

to fish for eels by thrusting a baited hook into their lurking places.

verb (used with object), snig·gled, snig·gling.

to catch by sniggling.

Nearby words

  1. snifter,
  2. snifting valve,
  3. snig,
  4. snigger,
  5. snigging chain,
  6. sniggler,
  7. sniglet,
  8. snip,
  9. snipe,
  10. snipe fly

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

/ (ˈsnɪɡəl) /

verb

(intr) to fish for eels by dangling or thrusting a baited hook into cavities
(tr) to catch (eels) by sniggling

noun

the baited hook used for sniggling eels
Derived Formssniggler, noun

Word Origin for sniggle

C17: from C15 snig young eel

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