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Definition of snaffle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

snaffle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈsnæfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnæfl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they snaffle
BrE BrE//ˈsnæfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnæfl//
 
he / she / it snaffles
BrE BrE//ˈsnæflz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnæflz//
 
past simple snaffled
BrE BrE//ˈsnæfld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnæfld//
 
past participle snaffled
BrE BrE//ˈsnæfld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnæfld//
 
-ing form snaffling
BrE BrE//ˈsnæflɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnæflɪŋ//
 
 
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snaffle something (British English, informal) to take something quickly for yourself, especially before anyone else has had the time or opportunity Word Origin mid 16th cent. (denoting a bridle bit): probably from Low German or Dutch; compare with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snavel ‘beak, mouth’. The verb (mid 19th cent.) is perhaps a different word.