Definition of snaggle in English:



  • A tangled or knotted mass.

    figurative ‘a snaggle of import restrictions’
    • ‘The whole thing was a debacle. We marched into the gym like stormtroopers, everyone turned to look at us, we then got ourselves into a snaggle at the gate.’


  • Become knotted or tangled.

    ‘the column of smoke snaggled for a moment’
    • ‘It will also lower the risk of fisherman snaggling debris and damaging net and gear instead of catching fish.’
    • ‘This blade has a low double comb built in that you can get under matts and snaggled hair better.’
    • ‘Mile after mile of the coast had been covered with woods, filled with ferns and snaggling roots.’
    • ‘He sneered through a mouthful of snaggled teeth.’
    • ‘Sharp snaggled teeth gnashed at her as if the demon didn't realize who it was she faced.’


Early 20th century: from the noun snag + -le.