from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To fish for eels by thrusting a baited hook into their hiding places.
- transitive v. To catch (an eel) in this manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To catch an eel by thrusting a baited hook into its den.
- v. Alternate spelling and pronunciation of snicker (corruption with giggle.) To chortle or chuckle.
- v. To steal something of little value; diminutive corruption of snag + diminutive suffix.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To fish for eels by thrusting the baited hook into their holes or hiding places.
- transitive v. To catch, as an eel, by sniggling; hence, to hook; to insnare.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A guttural, nasal, or granting laugh; a snicker: used in contempt.
- To fish for eels by thrusting bait into their lurking-places: a method chiefly English.
- To catch, as an eel, by pushing the bait into the hole where the eel is; hence, figuratively, to catch; snare; entrap.
From dialectal snig, a small eel, from Middle English snigge; probably akin to snegge, a snail, akin to Old English snægl, snail.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)