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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English snell(quick, fast) from Old English snel, snell(lively, quick) from Proto-Germanic *snellaz(active, swift, brisk). Akin to Old Saxon snel, snell(active, strenuous), Dutch snel, Old High German snel (whence German schnell(quick, swift), Italian snello(quick, nimble), Old French esnel, isnel(snell), and Occitan isnel, irnel(snell)), Old Norse snjallr(skilful, excellent) (whence Danish snild(clever)).


snell ‎(comparative sneller, superlative snellest)

(chiefly Scottish)

  1. Active, brisk or nimble; lively.
    He is a remarkably snell young lad.
  2. Quick, sudden; sharp.
    That horny-handed, snell, peremptory little man. --Dr. J. Brown.
  3. Quick-witted; witty.
  4. Harsh; severe.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Origin Unknown.


snell ‎(plural snells)

  1. A short line of horsehair, gut, monofilament, etc., by which a fishhook or lure is attached to a longer (and usually heavier) line.
    • 1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, p.194:
      He tied on new baited snells and recovered the current with the oars.
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snell ‎(third-person singular simple present snells, present participle snelling, simple past and past participle snelled)

  1. To tie a hook to the end of a fishing line with a snell knot.
    Can you show me how to snell a hook?