Snell [snel] noun Peter (George),born 1938, New Zealand distance runner.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for peter snell snell adjective Scot biting; bitter; sharp Word Origin for snell Old English snel quick, active Snell noun Sir Peter (George). born 1938, New Zealand athlete; winner of three Olympic gold medals: for the 800 metres in 1960, and again in 1964, when he also won gold for the 1500 metres Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for peter snell snell adj.
Old English snel “quick, active,” cognate with Old Saxon, Dutch, Old High German snel, German schnell “swift, quick,” Old Danish snel “swift, fleet,” Old Norse snjallr “eloquent, able, bold.” It survived as a surname and in Scottish and northern English; used by Burns and Scott. Italian snello is from Germanic.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper peter snell in Medicine Snell [snĕl]George 1903-1996 American geneticist. He shared a 1980 Nobel Prize for discoveries concerning cell structure that enhanced understanding of the immunological system, resulting in higher success rates in organ transplantation. The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.