Definition of snell in English:



North American
  • A short line of gut or horsehair by which a fish hook is attached to a longer line.


[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • Tie or fasten (a hook) to a line.

    ‘a snelled or long-shanked hook’
    • ‘The basic rig consist of a length of monofilament snelled to an up-eye or down-eye hook.’
    • ‘If I don't use rigs, then I use the heavy duty high low rigs, but I don't use snelled hooks on these rigs.’
    • ‘A 9/0 or 10/0 circle hook is snelled to the leader and the bait is secured by the head.’
    • ‘Make sure the snelled hooks are not tangled around the main line and cast the rig into the lake.’
    • ‘With the packaged rig comes a snelled bait-holder hook on a 36-inch leader of 8, 10 or 12-pound test.’


Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.