from The Century Dictionary.

  • To snivel.
  • To submit tamely.
  • To keep in subjection by tyrannical means.
  • noun One who meanly subjects himself to the authority of another: as, “ye silly snool,” Ramsay.


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  • Again with the Scots! If Sam Johnson was so distressed about their dominance of the British civil service how would he feel about this effort to take over the English language through the agency of Wordnik?

    I must admit, however, that snool is a juicy word. If an onomatopoetic term for groveling is possible snool is it. “Snool, you scurvy dog, snool!”

    Crouched humbly on his creepie stool

    The wily Scot is nobody's fool.

    With chin on his knees

    He pretends he agrees,

    He knows when to fight and to snool.

    April 11, 2014

  • The urban dictionary has a rather racy definition which I doubt is in the OED.

    April 25, 2014

  • (verb/noun) - To dispirit by constant chiding; or to depress the energies of life by excess of bodily toil . . . A poor pitiful fellow.

    --Charles Mackay's Lost Beauties of the English Language, 1874

    January 16, 2018