Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small netlike cap worn by women to keep the hair in place.
  • n. A headband or fillet.
  • n. A fleshy wrinkled fold of skin that hangs down over a turkey's beak.
  • transitive v. To hold (the hair) in place with a snood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A band or ribbon for keeping the hair in place, including the hair-band formerly worn in Scotland and northern England by young unmarried women.
  • n. A small hairnet or cap worn by women to keep their hair in place.
  • n. The flap of red skin on the beak of a male turkey.
  • n. A short line of horsehair, gut, monofilament, etc., by which a fishhook is attached to a longer (and usually heavier) line; a snell.
  • n. A piece of clothing to keep the neck warm; neckwarmer.
  • v. To keep the hair in place with a snood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fillet which binds the hair of a young unmarried woman, and is emblematic of her maiden character.
  • n. A short line (often of horsehair) connecting a fishing line with the hook; a snell; a leader.
  • transitive v. To bind or braid up, as the hair, with a snood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fillet formerly worn by young women in Scotland to confine the hair. It was held to be emblematic of maidenhood or virginity.
  • n. In angling, a hair-line, gut, or silk cord by which a fish-hook is fastened to the line; a snell; a leader or trace Also sneed.
  • n. One of the short lines of a bultow to which the hooks are attached: also called by fishermen ganging. The snoods are 6 feet long, and placed at intervals of 12 feet.
  • To bind up with a snood, as a maiden's hair.
  • To tie, fasten, or affix, as an anglers' hook when the end of the line or gut-loop is seized on to the shank of the hook.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ornamental net in the shape of a bag that confines a woman's hair; pins or ties at the back of the head

Etymologies

Middle English snod, headband, from Old English snōd; see (s)nē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English snōd. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Another popular style of the 30s and 40s was the snood, which is sort of like a hammock for your hair worn at the back of your neck.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • A piece of scarlet embroidered cloth, called the snood, confined her hair, which fell over it in a profusion of rich dark curls.

    The Waverley

  • To each line were fastened eight or ten snoods: a snood is a short line with a hook at the end.

    A Yacht Voyage Round England

  • Stennie, I like the "snood" line, too, and the "Sisters" number as performed by both the boys and the girls.

    Ten Things I Like about White Christmas (1954)

  • Arnold's hand shook, as did his voice, as he drew forth a little fluttering ribbon -- the "snood" poor Wren so loved to see binding his child's luxuriant hair.

    An Apache Princess A Tale of the Indian Frontier

  • She was seated on a footstool, her hands on her father's knee, her fond face gazing up into his, and that strong, bony hand of his resting on her head and toying with the ribbon, the "snood," as he loved to call it, with which she bound her abundant tresses.

    An Apache Princess A Tale of the Indian Frontier

  • Her hair was bound with the "snood," the usual head-dress of Scottish maidens.

    The Underground City

  • The word "snood" enters the football lexicon; Arsenal's Samir Nasri and Denilson sport a particularly natty pair.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • Don't get me wrong, i think the "snood" is as ridiculous as everyone else, but i think everyone is missing the piont here.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • The consensus seems to be "snood" even though that short-lived fashion disaster involved, as the same suggests, a hood.

    SI.com

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  • Try reading the definitions above or the citations below.

    February 18, 2013

  • Looking moodily down into the heaving contents of the snood. Stella Gibbons Cold Comfort Farm. Yet again none the wiser - porridge in a snnod?

    February 18, 2013

  • Scots cockernonny.

    May 27, 2011

  • Also a knitted piece of neckwear worn by football players. See here.

    February 5, 2011

  • The shape of a handlebar moustache may be protected during the night by a moustache snood.

    In another (more Scottish) universe, the past tense for snow?

    March 6, 2009

  • The pendulous skin over the beak of a turkey

    November 22, 2007