snell

adjective
\ ˈsnel How to pronounce snell (audio) \

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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“Snell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snell. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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