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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SNEESL, v. Also snisl. To rain, hail, or snow very slightly, to begin to rain or snow (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1971). Vbl.n. sneeslin, a slight shower, drizzle. [snizl]Sh. 1962 New Shetlander No. 63. 13:
A caald wind, a sneeslin o easterly rain, piled clouds, made da park we were wirkin in an uncomfortable spot.

[Orig. obscure. Phs. for *neistle (see Neist) with prothetic s-, influenced by Norw. sne, snow.]

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