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snaffle

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noun snaf·fle \ˈsna-fəl\

Definition of snaffle

  1. :  a simple usually jointed bit for a bridle

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Origin and Etymology of snaffle

origin unknown


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snaffle

verb snaf·fle

Definition of snaffle

snaffled

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snaffling

play \ˈsna-f(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to obtain especially by devious or irregular means

Did You Know?

The origins of snaffle are shrouded in mystery. What we know of its story begins in the 16th century - at that time, snaffle existed as both a noun referring to a simple bit for a horse's bridle and a verb meaning "to fit or equip with a snaffle" or "to restrain or check with or as if with a snaffle." The noun could be from an old German word for mouth, snavel, but the connection has not been confirmed. The "obtain" meaning of the verb appeared in the early 18th century, and its origins are similarly elusive. A 1699 dictionary entered snaffle with the definition "a Highwayman that has got Booty" - that's a logical derivative of the verb, but it is also unconfirmed.

Origin and Etymology of snaffle

origin unknown

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