1720 - Allan Ramsay, ''Edinburgh's Salutation to Lord Carnarvon''.
- That in ilk action, wise and snell / You may shaw Manly fire.
1852 - John Brown, "Rab and his Friends".
- That horny-handed, snell, peremptory little man.
1889 - James Robertson, ''The Early Religion of Israel''.
- Amos is a lithe, keen, snell man.
1979, Cormac McCarthy, ''Suttree'', Random House, p.194:
- He tied on new baited snells and recovered the current with the oars.
''Can you show me how to snell a hook?''
Spindle, where the spun thread collects.