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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-West Germanic *snōdu, 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), snúðr (a twist, twirl), English needle.


  • IPA(key): /snuːd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːd


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.
    • 1895, R. D. Blackmore, chapter 9, in Frida, or, The Lover’s Leap, A Legend of the West Country, Dodd, Mead and Company, paragraph 1:
      “Frida [...] tied her hair in the Grecian snood which her lover used to admire so.”
  2. A small hairnet or cap worn by women to keep their hair in place.
    Hypernym: hairnet
    Hyponym: shpitzel
  3. The flap of erectile red skin on the beak of a male turkey.
    Coordinate terms: caruncle, comb, cockscomb, crest, wattle
    • 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.



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,


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From Middle Dutch snôde, from Old Dutch *snōthi, from Proto-Germanic *snauþuz (bald, naked, poor), from Proto-Indo-European *ksnéw-tu-s, from the root *ksnew- (to scrape, sharpen). Cognates include German schnöde and Old Norse snauðr.



snood (comparative snoder, superlative snoodst)

  1. villanous and criminal
    Hij bekokstoofde een snood plan.
    He concocted a villainous plan.


Inflection of snood
uninflected snood
inflected snode
comparative snoder
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial snood snoder het snoodst
het snoodste
indefinite m./f. sing. snode snodere snoodste
n. sing. snood snoder snoodste
plural snode snodere snoodste
definite snode snodere snoodste
partitive snoods snoders

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