1. a bit, usually light and jointed, attached to a bridle and having no curb
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈsnaffled or ˈsnaffling
2. to fit with or control by a snaffle
3. British, Informal to purloin or snitch
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Word origin of 'snaffle'
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