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Etymology 1Edit

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

VerbEdit

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

  1. To chortle or chuckle; snicker (often used in contempt).
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Etymology 2Edit

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

VerbEdit

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.

Etymology 3Edit

From an alteration of snag +‎ -le.

VerbEdit

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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