a bit, usually light and jointed, attached to a bridle and having no curb
Origin of snaffleshort for snaffle piece, probably ; from Dutch snavel, horse's muzzle ; from Old Dutch an unverified form snabel, diminutive of an unverified form snabbe, bill of a bird, akin to German schnabel: see snap
- to fit with or control by a snaffle
- Brit., Informal to purloin or snitch
A bit for a horse, consisting of two bars joined at the center, as by a joint.
transitive verbsnaf·fled, snaf·fling, snaf·fles
To put on or control with a snaffle.
Origin of snaffleOrigin unknown.
- A broad-mouthed, loose-ringed bit (metal in a horse's mouth). It brings pressure to bear on the tongue and bars and corners of the mouth. Often used as a training bit.
- (figuratively) Decorative wear that looks like a snaffle.