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[snair] /snɛər/
a device, often consisting of a noose, for capturing small game.
anything serving to entrap or entangle unawares; trap.
Surgery. a wire noose for removing tumors or the like by the roots or at the base.
verb (used with object), snared, snaring.
to catch with a snare; entangle.
to catch or involve by trickery or wile:
to snare her into going.
Origin of snare1
before 1100; Middle English (noun and v.); cognate with Old Norse snara, Middle Low German snare, Old High German snar(a)ha
Related forms
snareless, adjective
snarer, noun
snaringly, adverb
unsnared, adjective
1. See trap1 . 2. net, seine. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for snared
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  • Asher Merriwell had been snared by the wiles of an adventuress, and he had married her.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • But suddenly she felt like a hunter who has snared a lion in a rabbit trap.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • Folk said she snared birds and rabbits, in the thicket that came down to her hovel.

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • I had already been cozened once, I had resolved not to be snared again.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • A failure or two and then he had it snared securely; now it was in his hand.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • But he must be snared and held—surely not an easy task it is to catch him.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • I snared that rabbit; been snaring them all summer; going to keep on snaring them after you're gone.

    Fiddles F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Her food had been roots and an occasional rabbit or partridge which she snared.

    Oowikapun Egerton Ryerson Young
British Dictionary definitions for snared


a device for trapping birds or small animals, esp a flexible loop that is drawn tight around the prey
a surgical instrument for removing certain tumours, consisting of a wire loop that may be drawn tight around their base to sever or uproot them
anything that traps or entangles someone or something unawares
verb (transitive)
to catch (birds or small animals) with a snare
to catch or trap in or as if in a snare; capture by trickery
Derived Forms
snareless, adjective
snarer, noun
Word Origin
Old English sneare, from Old Norse snara; related to Old High German snaraha


(music) a set of gut strings wound with wire fitted against the lower drumhead of a snare drum. They produce a rattling sound when the drum is beaten See snare drum
Word Origin
C17: from Middle Dutch snaer or Middle Low German snare string; related to Gothic snōrjō basket
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Word Origin and History for snared



"noose for catching animals," late Old English, from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse snara "noose, snare," related to soenri "twisted rope," from Proto-Germanic *snarkho (cf. Middle Dutch snare, Dutch snaar, Old High German snare, German Schnur "noose, cord," Old English snear "a string, cord"). Figuratively from c.1300.



"string across a drum," 1680s, probably from Dutch snaar "string," from same source as snare (n.1). From 1938 as short for snare-drum (1873).



late 14c., "to ensnare," from snare (n.1). Related: Snared; snaring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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snared in Medicine

snare (snâr)
A surgical instrument with a wire loop controlled by a mechanism in the handle, used to remove growths, such as tumors and polyps.

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