Definition of snood in English:



  • 1An ornamental hairnet or fabric bag worn over the hair at the back of a woman's head.

    • ‘The technique was commonly used for different kinds of headgear, such as caps, hoods, bonnets, hairnets and snoods, as well as for stockings, mittens, collars and sashes.’
    • ‘Some people use a snood to keep it in place at night, while others shampoo theirs every day.’
    • ‘You can certainly have your professional hair designer add hair ornaments, hair jewelry, snoods or a tiara.’
    • ‘Though I think Lisa's planning on wearing a snood, so I probably have nothing to worry about.’
    • ‘Her hair she wore in a lace snood that let a few stray wisps of curly blonde hair fall into her face.’
    • ‘Wait, now- here is a curl which slipped out of place, as I tucked it carefully under your snood.’
    • ‘Sam had her hair put up into a snood to keep it out of her way.’
    • ‘She was a pretty woman, with soft eyes, and dark hair bundled in a snood, dressed in a gray frock with white collar and cuffs.’
    1. 1.1historical A ribbon or band worn by unmarried women in Scotland to confine their hair.
  • 2A wide ring of knitted material worn as a hood or scarf.

    • ‘Flowing gowns with side-splits reveal slim-line trousers and overtly high necks have dangerously low backs, whilst knitted snoods and jumpers are layered over strapless columned dresses.’
    • ‘The one on the right seems annoyed that he didn't have the same bright idea as the one on the left to wear a snood under his police jacket.’
  • 3A short line attaching a hook to a main line in sea fishing.

    • ‘One is to incorporate one or two swivels into the snood or present your bait so that it flutters in the tide rather than spinning like a whirling Dervish.’
    • ‘He was using a 50 lb mono hook snood and the fish shut its mouth and cut through the line almost clean.’
    • ‘Long-lining involves, as the name suggests, a long line to which several hooks are attached to by short snoods.’
    • ‘An eighteen inch snood dropped off from the swivel so that the two baits would fish almost in line with one another.’
    • ‘If the bait spins it will inevitably tangle these short snoods and the baits will not be well presented.’


Old English snōd, of unknown origin.