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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SNAGGER, v., n. [′snɑgər]

I. v. 1. Of a dog: to snap, bite (Abd. 1970).Abd. 1895 G. Williams Scarbraes 24:
The limb he himself made was much less troublesome than the other, chilblains, snaggerin' dogs, and rheumatics being taken into account.

2. To snarl, growl; to snore with a harsh grunting sound (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 172; Bnff., Abd. 1970).Abd. 1955 Huntly Express (4 March):
The byllie snoret an' snaggert deep.

II. n. 1. A snap with the teeth, a bite; a ragged wound, as caused by a bite.Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 172:
The dog leet a snagger at's leg. He hiz a gey sair snagger in's han'.

2. A grunting snoring sound.Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 172:
She jist fell doon an' ga' [a] snagger or twa an' she wiz dead in four oors.

[Deriv. of Snag, v., n.1 In senses 1. phs. partly imit., partly influenced by Eng. snag, a tear, rent.]

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