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Women wearing snoods
A turkey with a prominent snood hanging over its beak

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From Middle English snod, from Old English snōd(headdress, fillet, snood), from Proto-Germanic *snōdō(rope, string), from Proto-Indo-European *snoh₁téh₂(yarn, thread), from *sneh₁(i)-(to twist, wind, weave, plait). Cognate with Scots snuid(snood), Swedish snod, snodd(twist, twine). Compare also Old Saxon snōva(necklace), Old Norse snúa(to turn, twist), Old Norse snúðr(a twist, twirl), English needle.



snood (plural snoods)

  1. A band or ribbon for keeping the hair in place, including the hair-band formerly worn in Scotland and northern England by young unmarried women.
  2. A small hairnet or cap worn by women to keep their hair in place.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      And seldom was a snood amid / Such wild, luxuriant ringlets hid.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 264:
      serious girls with their hair in snoods entered numbers into logbooks []
  3. The flap of red skin on the beak of a male turkey.
    • 2000, Gary Clancy, Turkey Hunting Tactics, page 8
      A fingerlike projection called a snood hangs over the front of the beak. When the tom is alert, the snood constricts and projects vertically as a fleshy bump at the top rear of the beak.
  4. A short line of horsehair, gut, monofilament, etc., by which a fishhook is attached to a longer (and usually heavier) line; a snell.
  5. A piece of clothing to keep the neck warm; neckwarmer.


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snood (third-person singular simple present snoods, present participle snooding, simple past and past participle snooded)

  1. To keep the hair in place with a snood.
    • 1792, Robert Burns, "Tam Lin" (a Scottish popular ballad)
      Janet has kilted her green kirtle
      A little aboon her knee,
      And she has snooded her yellow hair
      A little aboon her bree,