Middle English snell "quick, fast" from Old English snel, snell "lively, quick" from Proto-Germanic *snellaz (“active, swift, brisk”). Akin to Old Saxon snel, snell "active, strenuous" (Dutch snel), Old High German snel (whence German schnell "quick, swift", Italian snello "quick, nimble", Old French esnel, isnel "snell", and Occitan isnel, irnel "snell"), Old Norse snjallr "skillful, excellent".
- Active, brisk or nimble; Lively.
- He is a remarkably snell young lad.
- Quick, sudden; Sharp.
- That horny-handed, snell, peremptory little man. --Dr. J. Brown.
- Quick-witted; Witty.
- a snell reply
- Harsh; Severe.
- The storm produced a snell gust of wind.
NounSnell (plural Snells)
- A short line of horsehair, gut, monofilament, etc., by which a fishhook is attached to a longer (and usually heavier) line.li:snell