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of obscure origin
From: Specimens of Early English
Edited by Richard Morris, 1867
II. Nicholas De Guildford, A.D. 1250-1260. The Owl and the Nightingale. P. 25
5/12/2017 07:14:49 am
William Morrison used "snepe" in his 1896 fantasy novel "The Sundering Flood". In the first paragraph of Chapter 28: "...they would scarse put the snepe upon him..."
Words and Phrases from the Past
5/12/2017 03:45:01 pm
I'm not too sure of the meaning of 'snepe' in that passage.
5/12/2017 07:42:41 pm
Probably Morris (darn autocorrect!) was thinking of the "reprimand" meaning. Or he was just misusing it, despite his knowledge in the field of medieval literature.
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