Snare Definition

snâr
snared, snares, snaring
noun
snares
A kind of trap for small animals, usually consisting of a noose which jerks tight upon the release of a spring trigger.
Webster's New World
Something that lures or entangles the unwary.
The snares of merchandisers; the snare of debt.
American Heritage
Anything dangerous, risky, etc. that tempts or attracts; thing by which a person is entangled; trap.
Webster's New World
Any of a set of spiraled wires or of lengths of gut, strung across the bottom of a snare drum for added vibration.
Webster's New World
A wire noose for removing tumors, polyps, etc.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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verb
snared, snares, snaring
To catch in a trap or snare.
Webster's New World
To get hold or control of (something difficult to catch).
The fielder snared the ground ball.
American Heritage
To tempt or attract into a situation, esp. one that is dangerous, risky, etc.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:

Other Word Forms of Snare

Noun

Singular:
snare
Plural:
snares

Origin of Snare

  • Middle English from Old English snearu and from Old Norse snara

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from Dutch snaar string from Middle Dutch snāre

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Old English sneare, from Old Norse snara.

    From Wiktionary

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