Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To fish for eels by thrusting a baited hook into their hiding places.
  • intransitive verb To catch (an eel) in this manner.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To fish for eels by thrusting the baited hook into their holes or hiding places.
  • transitive verb To catch, as an eel, by sniggling; hence, to hook; to insnare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To catch an eel by thrusting a baited hook into its den.
  • verb Alternate spelling and pronunciation of snicker (corruption with giggle.) To chortle or chuckle.
  • verb obsolete To steal something of little value; diminutive corruption of snag + diminutive suffix.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From dialectal snig, a small eel, from Middle English snigge; probably akin to snegge, a snail, akin to Old English snægl, snail.]

Examples

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  • I almost got a Thoreau book, but there was that sniggle of guilt poking me in the eye.

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  • I walked in to ask if they were hiring and the owner and another employee behind the counter started to sniggle (I couldn't decide whether "snicker" or "giggle" was more appropriate).

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  • I walked in to ask if they were hiring and the owner and another employee behind the counter started to sniggle (I couldn't decide whether "snicker" or "giggle" was more appropriate).

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  • He did not rant; he did not cant; he did not whine; he did not sniggle; he just got up and spoke with the boldness of a man who was impressed with the truth of what he was saying, who has no fear of his enemies, and no dread of consequences.

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  • Everyone was too intent on the exhibits, or on trying new foods and drinks, or on laughing at the wandering thranx sniggle poets, to pay special attention to one roving human-thranx pair.

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  • to fish for eels by thrusting a baited hook into their lurking places.

    April 18, 2007

  • Good grief! Here was this great word hanging around all these centuries and I didn't even know it!

    April 18, 2007