- a kind of trap for small animals, usually consisting of a noose which jerks tight upon the release of a spring trigger
- anything dangerous, risky, etc. that tempts or attracts; thing by which a person is entangled; trap
- any of a set of spiraled wires or of lengths of gut, strung across the bottom of a snare drum for added vibration
- [sometimes pl.] a snare drum
- Surgery a wire noose for removing tumors, polyps, etc.
Origin of snareMiddle English from Old English sneare from Old Norse snara, akin to Old High German snarha from Indo-European an unverified form (s)nerk- from base an unverified form (s)ner-, to twist: see narcotic
transitive verbsnared, snar′ing
- to catch in a trap or snare
- to tempt or attract into a situation, esp. one that is dangerous, risky, etc.
Origin of snare< Du snaar, akin to Ger schnur