from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rope going over a yardarm, used to bend a tripping line to, in sending down topgallant and royal yards in vessels of war; also, the short line supporting the heel of the sprit in a small boat.
- v. To snivel; to cry or whine
- n. The red part of a turkey-cock's head.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
The snotter was a short piece of rope with a loop at each end.
What signified his bringing a woman here to snotter and snivel, and bather their Lordships?
When raising the sail it was first partly hoisted, then the sprit was hooked in the loop and the snotter, after which the throat halyard was drawn taut.
The origin of the word 'snotter' is obscure.