[ 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.
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
/ (ˈsnɪɡəl) /
(intr) to fish for eels by dangling or thrusting a baited hook into cavities
(tr) to catch (eels) by sniggling
the baited hook used for sniggling eels
Derived Formssniggler, noun
Word Origin for sniggle
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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