Word Origin See more synonyms for sniggle on Thesaurus.com 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
late Middle English snigge
-le Related forms snig·gler , [ snig-ler] /ˈsnɪg lər/ noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sniggler (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
C17: from C15
snig young eel
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Word Origin and History for sniggler n.
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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