Definition of lasso in English:


Pronunciation /ləˈsuː//ˈlasəʊ/


  • A rope with a noose at one end, used especially in North America for catching cattle.

    • ‘She may not be able to tackle him anymore, but she does still have her lasso at her side, and he is standing so close that if she just slung it over his neck I doubt he could run away.’
    • ‘They enjoy competing to see who can throw their reindeer lassos the farthest and with the greatest precision.’
    • ‘He grabs it by the rope and swings it around as if it is a lasso.’
    • ‘I'd come out with the milk bottles, and she'd walk beside me with her skipping rope, whirling it around her head like a lasso.’
    • ‘Her lasso in one hand and a smaller rope in the other, she breathed trying not to think much about what happened 15 minutes ago.’
    • ‘As you're making the lassos (use one string of lights per coil), twist the cord and adjust the length of the loops so the bulbs face outward and are spaced unevenly.’
    • ‘A few moments later, the drums rumbling as we began the march back to the theatre, a gang of cowboys appeared and began roping our walking gents with their lassos.’
    • ‘She draws a long whip gently across their backs and legs to get them used to ropes and lassos as their forebears would have been.’
    • ‘Not only do the cables disappear behind the bodies of the sitters and skewer them to the walls, they also function as metaphors of entrapment and recall snares, chains, nets, lassoes and nooses.’
    • ‘Nobody would ever ask you what your family's name was or where you came from if you wanted to buy a Guernsey fisherman's sweater or if you really throw a lasso before selling you a pair of cowboy boots.’
    • ‘After the condor landed to feed, a signal was given and the men swooped down from all sides, shouting and swinging their lassos and ponchos.’
    • ‘Probably because it doesn't involve lassos or bucking bulls, cutting horse is watched and practiced almost exclusively by equine sports nerds.’
    • ‘Horse brushes were scattered on the floor and ropes and lassos hung from the walls.’
    • ‘If you have a lasso and rope one of the horses, you would gain speed and the Merry-Go-Round would lose some.’
    • ‘He grabs it by the rope and swings it around like a lasso.’
    • ‘Among children, foot races and playing with dolls and lassos are the most typical pastimes.’
    • ‘The rope could be secured to the saddle before throwing the lasso; this could be accomplished by using a clip.’
    • ‘She fell through the ice several times, but I would just throw her a rope, like a cowboy with a lasso.’
    • ‘Holding onto the flying canvas with one hand, he deftly tied one end of the rope into a lasso.’
    • ‘They had cowboy hats and lassos on one western number, which you'd recognize if I whistled if for you, but I can't recall what it's called.’


[with object]
  • Catch (an animal) with a lasso.

    ‘at last his father lassoed the horse’
    • ‘A painting in the first category, The Bronc Rider Started Early, shows a cowboy in a corral lassoing a horse.’
    • ‘Of course, in some cases, they won't do either, which is when it helps to lasso them and drag them behind your horse.’
    • ‘School geography books talked of the Pampas, horses were on every page and cattle were lassoed before being killed for the Argentinian staple diet.’
    • ‘But local Fire Brigade members rode to the rescue, lassoed the animal and dragged him to safety.’
    • ‘Capturing a manatee is like lassoing a bucking bronco, only underwater.’
    • ‘From several metres, the youths take turns lassoing the antlers with rope, like cowboys rustling cattle.’
    • ‘The Kazakh who had guided us from Jiadengyu to Hemu the day before lassoed his horses and wandered through the village, hoping to strike a deal with tourists looking for a horse ride back to Jiadengyu.’
    • ‘The next day and later at their leisure the cattle were lassoed, taken out of the pen and slaughtered.’
    • ‘The former president sternly inquires of Barker whether he knows the best way to lasso a wild horse.’
    • ‘The baqueanos (local horsemen who help Alec) are all charming and when they get bored Roberto, Pato or Chapulin are liable to liven things up by galloping off to lasso cattle or instigating crazy, pell-mell races.’
    • ‘They capture parrots by lassoing them with a small noose attached to the end of a pole.’
    • ‘Naturally, on the third day, he lassoed a shark and the shark pulled him to shore.’
    • ‘These attempts are like trying to lasso a tiger with cotton.’
    • ‘The Territory was the place where he first established his own empire, 1,500 miles removed from his aristocratic clan in Manhattan, and it was the place where he learned to lasso a bull.’
    • ‘They were being herded, corralled, and lassoed, as it were, by high-tech means.’
    • ‘The cows were lassoed by passers-by as they floated under the bridge at Fitzroy.’
    tie, bind, lash, truss, pinion
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Mid 18th century: representing an American Spanish pronunciation of Spanish lazo, based on Latin laqueus ‘noose’. Compare with lace.