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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English *sneden, *snæden (found in compound tosnæden), from Old English snǣdan (to cut; feed), from Proto-Germanic *snaidijaną, related to Middle High German sneiten, Icelandic sneiða, English snithe (to cut). More at snithe.

Alternative forms[edit]


snead (third-person singular simple present sneads, present participle sneading, simple past and past participle sneaded)

  1. (transitive) To cut; lop; prune.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English snade, snede, from Old English snǣd (a piece, bit, slice), related to Icelandic sneið.


snead (plural sneads)

  1. A piece; bit; slice.

Etymology 3[edit]

See snatch.


snead (plural sneads)

  1. (Britain) A snath.
  2. (Britain, dialectal) A line or cord; a string.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for snead in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)