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Perhaps related to snite (verb), or perhaps related to gnast.



snaste (plural snastes)

  1. (obsolete, dialectal) The burnt or burning part of the wick of a candle; the snuff.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Natural History, page 127:
      Till some part of the candle was consumed, and the dust gathered about the snaste; but then it made the snaste big, and long, and to burn duskishly.
    • 1865, Edward FitzGerald, Works, page 426:
      A coming letter is foretold by a projecting spark on the snaste.
    • 1899, Fison, Merry Suf., page 62:
      As that snaste of that candle, goos out.


snaste (third-person singular simple present snastes, present participle snasting, simple past and past participle snasted)

  1. (transitive, obsolete, dialectal) To snuff a candle.


  1. ^ snast in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  2. ^ “SNASTE” in Joseph Wright, editor, The English Dialect Dictionary: [], volume V (R–S), London: Published by Henry Frowde, [], publisher to the English Dialect Society, []; New York, N.Y.: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1905, →OCLC.