sniggle

verb
snig·​gle | \ ˈsni-gəl How to pronounce sniggle (audio) \
sniggled; sniggling\ ˈsni-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce sniggling (audio) \

Definition of sniggle

intransitive verb

: to fish for eels by thrusting a baited hook into their hiding places

transitive verb

: to catch (an eel) by sniggling

First Known Use of sniggle

1653, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for sniggle

English dialect snig small eel, from Middle English snygge

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“Sniggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sniggle. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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