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lassoed; lassoing; lassos

transitive verb

: to capture with or as if with a lasso : rope
lassoer noun


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plural lassos or lassoes
: a rope or long thong of leather with a noose used especially for catching horses and cattle : lariat

Examples of lasso in a Sentence

Verb The cowboy lassoed the horse. Noun the cowpuncher skillfully tossed the lasso around the calf's neck
Recent Examples on the Web
First, Derek had trouble with the Detour challenge that required each team member to lasso a moving target - which in this case was a wooden cow. Journal Sentinel, 17 Apr. 2024 Beyoncé lassos the chart title in Australia as Cowboy Carter debuts at No. 1. Cowboy Carter (via Columbia/Sony) gives Bey her fourth leader on the ARIA Chart, following Beyoncé in 2013, Lemonade in 2016 and Renaissance in 2022. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2024 After five minutes or so, the bull is lassoed and led out of the ring, and the next animal barges out of the metal doors. Toby Muse, Rolling Stone, 3 Mar. 2024 The songs collage together scenes and observations amid country-rock arrangements that glimmer with reverb and feature loose, lassoing guitar solos. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 23 Feb. 2024 Six feet tall and 165 pounds in his prime, Gilbert lassoed a whiskey bottle from a gunslinger’s hand from a dozen feet away as a double for Richard Widmark in Edward Dmytryk’s Warlock (1959). Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Feb. 2024 The K-pop hit made a massive splash in the summer of 2012, thanks in large part to a music video that saw Psy and a string of quirky co-stars doing the song’s signature galloping and lassoing dance moves. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, 29 Dec. 2023 In 2006, an urban cowboy from the farms of South Africa corralled and lassoed a 600-pound bull running loose in Newark. Natalie Kainz, NBC News, 14 Dec. 2023 The boats, ideally, come to a stop inches from the bulkhead, then the captains scramble to lasso two lines to the pilings. Jason Nark Kent Nishimura, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023
The cowboy is riding a horse, lasso in hand, pursuing a wild bull. Dara Kerr, NPR, 28 Feb. 2024 After going through the motions of stomping their cowboy boots and spinning invisible lassos, the pair ended with a big high five. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 26 Feb. 2024 As a Cowgirl, Peach must use her trusty lasso to take out waves of enemies and capture projectiles to throw back their way, before mounting a steed for an automatic runner sequence dodging exploding barrels. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2024 The lasso works like this: A cartridge with a 7 1/2-foot Kevlar cord with two hooked barbs tied to each end is loaded into the BolaWrap device, experts say. Olivia Diaz, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 This Spider-Man-like lasso is marketed as a policing game-changer. Olivia Diaz, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Make a lasso on the watermark and click click click click. David Pierce, The Verge, 9 Jan. 2024 To gather thousands of data points on leg length, head size and overall survival, Stroud had to capture each lizard using a tiny lasso and then set to work with calipers before injecting a tiny microchip under its skin. Quanta Magazine, 2 Jan. 2024 After three decades behind bars for shooting the Mexican singer during a concert, Edward Alvarado Gallegos, 64, was paroled in May. Cops with lassos? Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023

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Word History



Spanish lazo, from Latin laqueus snare

First Known Use


1807, in the meaning defined above


1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lasso was in 1807

Dictionary Entries Near lasso

Cite this Entry

“Lasso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
las·​so ˈlas-ō How to pronounce lasso (audio) la-ˈsü How to pronounce lasso (audio)
plural lassos or lassoes
: a rope or long leather thong with a noose used especially for catching livestock


2 of 2 verb
: to catch with a lasso


from Spanish lazo "lasso," from Latin laqueus "noose, snare" — related to lace, lash entry 2 see Word History at lace

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