1. noun /ˈsnæfəl/
A broad-mouthed, loose-ringed bit (metal in a horses mouth). It brings pressure to bear on the tongue and bars and corners of the mouth. Often used as a training bit.

Captain went out in the cab all the morning. Harry came in after school to feed me and give me water. In the afternoon I was put into the cab. Jerry took as much pains to see if the collar and bridle fitted comfortably as if he had been John Manly over again. When the crupper was let out a hole or two it all fitted well. There was no check-rein, no curb, nothing but a plain ring snaffle. What a blessing that was!

2. verb /ˈsnæfəl/
a) to put on, or control with, a snaffle
b) to grab or seize; to snap up

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  • Snaffle — Snaf fle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Snaffled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snaffling}.] To put a snaffle in the mouth of; to subject to the snaffle; to bridle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snaffle — [snaf′əl] n. [short for snaffle piece, prob. < Du snavel, horse s muzzle < ODu * snabel, dim. of * snabbe, bill of a bird, akin to Ger schnabel: see SNAP] a bit, usually light and jointed, attached to a bridle and having no curb vt.… …   English World dictionary

  • Snaffle — Snaf fle, n. [D. snavel a beak, bill, snout; akin to G. schnabel, OHG. snabul,. sneb, snebbe, OFries. snavel mouth, Dan. & Sw. snabel beak, bill, Lith. snapas, and to E. snap, v. See {Snap}, and cf. {Neb}.] A kind of bridle bit, having a joint in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snaffle — simple bridle bit, 1530s, perhaps from Du. snavel beak, bill; Cf. Ger. Schnabel beak, face, O.E. nebb, O.N. neff beak, nose, from PIE root *snab beak (see NEB (Cf. neb)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • snaffle — ► NOUN ▪ a simple bit on a bridle, used with a single set of reins. ► VERB informal ▪ illicitly take for oneself. ORIGIN probably Low German or Dutch …   English terms dictionary

  • Snaffle — A snaffle bit is the most common type of bit used while riding horses. It consists of a bit mouthpiece with a ring on either side and acts with direct pressure.A snaffle is not necessarily a bit with a jointed bit mouthpiece, as is often thought …   Wikipedia

  • snaffle — snaffle1 /snaf euhl/, n., v., snaffled, snaffling. 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. 2. to put a snaffle on (a… …   Universalium

  • snaffle — [[t]snæ̱f(ə)l[/t]] snaffles, snaffling, snaffled 1) N COUNT A snaffle is an object consisting of two short joined bars of metal that is put in a horse s mouth and attached to the straps that the rider uses to control the horse. 2) VERB If you… …   English dictionary

  • snaffle — snaf·fle || snæfl n. snaffle bit, bit made up of two pieces jointed in the middle v. restrain a horse with a snaffle bit; steal, pilfer (British Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • snaffle — UK [ˈsnæf(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms snaffle : present tense I/you/we/they snaffle he/she/it snaffles present participle snaffling past tense snaffled past participle snaffled British informal to quickly take something for yourself,… …   English dictionary

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