las·​so | \ ˈla-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce lasso (audio) , la-ˈsü How to pronounce lasso (audio) \
lassoed; lassoing; lassos

Definition of lasso

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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


plural lassos or lassoes

Definition of lasso (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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lassoer noun

Synonyms for lasso

Synonyms: Noun

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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: Verb Between barrel racing, team roping and bull riding, Trent McFarland kept attendees entertained by lassoing, dancing and stealing their phones and taking selfies. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "Daredevils, funnel cake, bonsai: Scenes from the Alaska State Fair," 29 Aug. 2019 Bolstered by remix after crowd-pleasing remix, Lil Nas X’s catchy cowboy tune has lassoed the top spot for a record-breaking 17 weeks. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Mariah Carey passes torch to Lil Nas X after he broke her record," 30 July 2019 No Fast movie is complete without some high-speed car chases and bonkers road maneuvers, and Hobbs & Shaw contains several — including one sequence where our heroes use a truck to lasso a helicopter out of the sky. Devan Coggan,, "Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba gear up for Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw," 27 June 2019 In 2012, a Caltech paper detailed a procedure for harnessing an asteroid—proposing a plan for lassoing a valuable asteroid by catching it in a giant drawstring bag. Rachel Riederer, The New Yorker, "A New Space Race, for Lawyers," 18 June 2019 The paniolo were brave men whose job was to locate and lasso wild cattle, sometimes forcing them into the ocean to wear them down. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, "Regional books: “Denver School Book,” “Aloha Rodeo” and more," 13 June 2019 Dem candidate in Kansas slammed for poster of Wonder Woman lassoing cop. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Strzok escorted from FBI building, but still on payroll; Unruly Dems heckle Trump over immigration," 20 June 2018 The loop is lassoed around the lock and then pulled tight. Andrew Northshield, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Keys Out of a Locked Car," 19 Dec. 2018 My wife is doing her best to lasso the children for a trans-Atlantic Chat With Dad, to no avail. Jason Gay, WSJ, "My Kids Are Lousy at Video Chat, But They Love to Hang Up on Me," 20 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wild cow milking, meanwhile, lightens the mood of the arena as ropers on horseback lasso one of a herd of cows, while teammates will chase it down and try to milk the cow. oregonlive, "Let ‘er Buck: How to navigate the Pendleton Round-Up," 31 Aug. 2019 There are skills that must be learned — like spotting signs of a disease in a video or medical scan or keeping a steady hand when drawing a digital lasso around the image of a car or a tree. Cade Metz, New York Times, "A.I. Is Learning From Humans. Many Humans.," 16 Aug. 2019 Full disclosure: Details are still sparse, but that shouldn't stop you from getting excited (or fashioning a new, bedazzled lasso for the occasion). Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Wonder Woman Sequel: Here’s Everything We Know So Far," 1 May 2019 Part of his role was to use his lasso skills to capture wild animals in Africa. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Stan Brock, a British Cowboy, Gave Up Lasso to Lead a Health-Care Charity," 14 Sep. 2018 The lone cowboy taming the land with lasso and fortitude may fit the myth of the West, but the reality was quite different. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Sheriff Woody, standing nearly 20 feet tall, welcomes all to Toy Story Land by jauntily leaning on a tall assemblage of colorful wooden blocks, tipping his wide-brimmed hat to guests while holding onto his trusty lasso. Shelley Caran, ajc, "Everything you need to know about Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios," 29 June 2018 Ehrenreich, so much fun as the loopy lasso-swinger in Hail, Caesar!, plays Han with a (literal) wink and a softy touch. Brian Raftery, WIRED, "Solo May Be Inessential, But It's Also Utterly Delightful," 23 May 2018 The tangy notes of the sour beer lasso in the Aperol’s sweetness and the two juices echo that dynamic, with the lemon tempering the pineapple. Liza Weisstuch,, "Explorateur’s Shpritz ties it all together," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lasso


1807, in the meaning defined above


1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lasso


Spanish lazo, from Latin laqueus snare

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English Language Learners Definition of lasso

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to catch (an animal) with a lasso



English Language Learners Definition of lasso (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rope with a loop that is used for catching animals (such as cattle or horses)


las·​so | \ ˈla-sō How to pronounce lasso (audio) , la-ˈsü\
lassoed; lassoing

Kids Definition of lasso

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to catch with a rope having a slipknot Cowboys lassoed a calf.


plural lassos or lassoes

Kids Definition of lasso (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rope with a slipknot that is used for catching animals

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