1. A short line of horsehair, gut, monofilament, etc., by which a fishhook or lure is attached to a longer (and usually heavier) line.


  1. To tie a hook to the end of a fishing line with a snell knot.
    Can you show me how to snell a hook?


  1. Active, brisk or nimble; Lively.
    He is a remarkably snell young lad.
  2. Quick, sudden; Sharp.
    That horny-handed, snell, peremptory little man. --Dr. J. Brown.
  3. Quick-witted; Witty.
  4. Harsh; Severe.

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