Tuesday’s Word Of The Day 7-11-2017

snotter

/ˈsnɒtər/

Past participle: snottered
Gerund: snottering


Definition

noun- (often plural) another word for snot

A rope going over a yardarm, used to bend a tripping line to, in sending down topgallant and royal yards in vessels of war; also, the short line supporting the heel of the sprit in a small boat.

verb- To snivel; to cry or whine; to breathe through obstructed nostrils


Examples

The snotter was a short piece of rope with a loop at each end.
The Scientific American Boy The Camp at Willow Clump Island

What signified his bringing a woman here to snotter and snivel, and bather their Lordships?
The Heart of Mid-Lothian

When raising the sail it was first partly hoisted, then the sprit was hooked in the loop and the snotter, after which the throat halyard was drawn taut.
The Scientific American Boy The Camp at Willow Clump Island


Origin

The origin of the word ‘snotter’ is obscure.


http://www.wordnik.com/words/snotter

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/snotter

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