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snood

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noun

the distinctive headband formerly worn by young unmarried women in Scotland and northern England.
a headband for the hair.
a netlike hat or part of a hat or fabric that holds or covers the back of a woman's hair.
the pendulous skin over the beak of a turkey.

verb (used with object)

to bind or confine (the hair) with a snood.

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line, tape, ring, fish, slice, meat, chain, hoop, binding, strap, harness, strip, braid, truss, ribbon, belt, manacle, ligature, fillet, shackle

Nearby words

snoek, snoep, snog, snogging, snollygoster, snood, snook, snooker, snookums, snoop, snooper

Origin of snood

before 900; Middle English: fillet, ribbon; Old English snōd
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snood

/ (snuːd) /

noun

a pouchlike hat, often of net, loosely holding a woman's hair at the back
a headband, esp one formerly worn by young unmarried women in Scotland
vet science a long fleshy appendage that hangs over the upper beak of turkeys

verb

(tr) to hold (the hair) in a snood

Word Origin for snood

Old English snōd; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for snood

snood


n.

Old English snod "ribbon for the hair," from Proto-Germanic *snodo (cf. Swedish snod "string, cord"), from PIE root *(s)ne- "to spin, sew" (cf. Lettish snate "a linen cover," Old Irish snathe "thread;" see needle (n.)). In the Middle Ages, typically worn by young unmarried girls, hence "It was held to be emblematic of maidenhood or virginity" [Century Dictionary]. Modern fashion meaning "bag-like hair net" first recorded 1938 (these also were worn by girls in the Middle Ages, but they are not snoods properly).

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