[ 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 forms

snig·gler [snig-ler] /ˈsnɪg lər/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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 Forms

sniggler, noun

Word Origin for sniggle

C17: from C15 snig young eel
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