snaffle

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈsnæfəl/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(snafəl)

Inflections of 'snaffle' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
snaffles
v 3rd person singular
snaffling
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
snaffled
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
snaffled
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
snaf•fle1  (snafəl),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -fled, -fling. 
n. 
  1. Also called  snaffle bit′. a bit, usually jointed in the middle and without a curb, with a large ring at each end to which a rein and cheek strap are attached.

v.t. 
  1. to put a snaffle on (a horse).
  2. to control with or as with a snaffle.
  • 1525–35; origin, originally uncertain; compare Old Frisian snavel mouth, Dutch snavel, German Schnabel beak, bill

snaf•fle2  (snafəl),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -fled, -fling. [Brit. Informal.]
  1. British Termsto appropriate for one's own use, esp. by devious means;
    purloin;
    filch.
  • origin, originally uncertain 1715–25

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
snaffle /ˈsnæfəl/ n
  1. Also called: snaffle bit a simple jointed bit for a horse
vb (transitive)
  1. Brit informal to steal or take for oneself
  2. to equip or control with a snaffle
Etymology: 16th Century: of uncertain origin; compare Old Frisian snavel mouth, Old High German snabul beak
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