(sn-OOL) ( snuːl )
-A servile person who submits tamely to oppression.
-An extreme toady, a willing kow-tower, a ‘yes man’.
-A milquetoast, a drudge.
-An obsequious or sly person.
-A cringing person; a coward.
-A mean, wretched person; a bully.
-To reduce to submission.
-To cringe or cower.
-To dominate or bully.
Early 18th century: of Scottish origin.
Used in a sentence:
“I always knew he was a snool, in every sense of the word, but did he really have to curtsy like some obsequious little milquetoast?”
The definitions seem contradictory, in that one describes a cruel bully, and the other describes the one being bullied. The key point to remember in these situations is that definitions of words evolve over time. The longer a word is used, the more likely it is to happen and the more extreme the changes. Like the word “literally” as a fine contemporary example.