Snaffle (cheek)

The verb snaffle is a British colloquialism. Born on the croquet lawns of Oxford, it was originally coined as a reference to a technically illegal double hit to put a ball through the hoop at close range from an angle that would not be possible with a normal shot.

The word has since entered into the common lexicon to refer to a cheeky act: an act that, although technically politically incorrect or controversial, is endearing and acceptable. A snaffle is also a tale or a lie and a snaffler is a duplicitous con artist. The Oxford English Dictionary defines this latter use of the word as: verb (informal) "to illicitly take for oneself". That is, to pinch or nick, usually in a cheeky fashion. i.e: when Katie snaffles food, she brims with happiness.

Historically to Snaffle may also mean to simultaneously sniff and lick an object.


Famous quotes containing the word snaffle:

    They use the snaffle and the curb all right;
    But where’s the bloody horse?
    Roy Campbell (1902–1957)