snell

adjective
\ˈsnel \

Definition of snell 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 chiefly Scotland : quick, acute

2 chiefly Scotland : keen, piercing a snell wind smote usScotsman

3 chiefly Scotland : grievous, severe

snell

noun

Definition of snell (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short line (as of gut) by which a fishhook is attached to a longer line

First Known Use of snell

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snell

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German snel bold, agile

Noun

origin unknown

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