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Definition of snood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a Scotland : a fillet or band for a woman's hair
b : a net or fabric bag pinned or tied on at the back of a woman's head for holding the hair
2 : snell
3 : a fleshy protuberance at the base of the bill of a turkey


snooded; snooding; snoods

Definition of snood (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to secure with a snood

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snood 1b

In the meaning defined above

Examples of snood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Save for a snood, Jenner was wearing look 3 from the fall 2020 collection and signaling a new fashion era for herself. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Curious Case of Kendall Jenner Wearing The Row," 20 Nov. 2020 Wild turkey toms never pretend to be anything but bullies, but when the cockiest male gobbles and struts in spring, flaunting his swollen snood and flashy, colorful face and neck, females flock to him like teenagers chasing a pop star. Laura Erickson, Popular Science, "Three love stories about birds that will delight your heart," 6 Nov. 2020 Reviewers say the snood is comfortable, functional, and absolutely adorable on their little pups. Erika Hardison, USA TODAY, "15 amazing pet Halloween costumes you need to buy," 8 Oct. 2020 Until this week, Nate Favini, MD, religiously wore a neck snood on his daily runs. Molly Longman,, "So Neck Snoods Don’t Make Good Face Masks. What Should I Use Instead?," 13 Aug. 2020 And this wasn’t some snood-for-brains 2-year-old either, but a mature 25-pound gobbler. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "Great Stories: The Anniversary Tom," 12 Mar. 2020 In later rounds, the words were much more difficult: like dextral, visigothic and snood. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Hathaway Brown School student wins 2020 Cuyahoga County Spelling Bee presented by Saint Ignatius High School," 7 Mar. 2020 In the video, the male turkey - snood engorged, tail feathers spread extravagantly - struts briskly after the U.S. Postal Service vehicle, circling the boxy white truck and lunging as the mail carrier inserts envelopes in each box along the block. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "Wild turkey menace: Angry birds are pecking cars, deflating kiddie pools and harassing the elderly," 24 Dec. 2019 Here’s another fun fact: Male turkeys, called toms, have bald, featherless heads with all sorts of dangling skin flaps and knobs known as the snood, the wattle and caruncles. Jason Bittel, Washington Post, "Turkeys are much more than the main attraction at Thanksgiving," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of snood


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1714, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snood


Middle English *snod, from Old English snōd

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“Snood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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