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  • A discontented, litigious grumbler; an old guard-ship authority who knows when to play the courtier. After the name of the dog in Marryat's novel Snarleyyow, or the Dog-Fiend (1837). Cited in Admiral William Henry Smyth's The Sailor's Word-Book: An Alphabetical Digest of Nautical Terms (1867).

    May 13, 2008