sniggle

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Etymology 1[edit]

From an alteration (perhaps due to giggle) of snigger, itself a variant of snicker.

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sniggle (third-person singular simple present sniggles, present participle sniggling, simple past and past participle sniggled)

  1. (intransitive) To chortle or chuckle; snicker.
    • 1864, Elizabeth Gaskell, Cousin Phillis
      Ay! you see you'll laugh at the bare thought on it — and I'll be bound th' minister, though he's not a laughing man, would ha' sniggled at th' notion of falling in love wi' the child.

Etymology 2[edit]

See snig (a kind of eel) +‎ -le (frequentative verbal suffix).

Verb[edit]

sniggle (third-person singular simple present sniggles, present participle sniggling, simple past and past participle sniggled)

  1. (intransitive) To fish for eels by thrusting a baited hook into their dens.
  2. (transitive) To catch by this means.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To ensnare.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From an alteration of snag +‎ -le.

Verb[edit]

sniggle (third-person singular simple present sniggles, present participle sniggling, simple past and past participle sniggled)

  1. (obsolete) To steal something of little value

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