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sniggle

[snig-uh l] /ˈsnɪg əl/
verb (used without object), sniggled, sniggling.
1.
to fish for eels by thrusting a baited hook into their lurking places.
verb (used with object), sniggled, sniggling.
2.
to catch by sniggling.
Origin
late Middle English
1645-1655
1645-55; snig eel (late Middle English snigge) + -le
Related forms
sniggler
[snig-ler] /ˈsnɪg lər/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sniggler

sniggle

/ˈsnɪɡəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to fish for eels by dangling or thrusting a baited hook into cavities
2.
(transitive) to catch (eels) by sniggling
noun
3.
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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