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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,