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
transitive verb-·fled, -·fling
- to fit with or control by a snaffle
- Brit., Informal to purloin or snitch
A bit for a horse, typically 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.