snare (n.1)

"noose for catching animals," late Old English snearu, and also from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse snara "noose, snare," related to soenri "twisted rope," from Proto-Germanic *snarkho (source also of Middle Dutch snare, Dutch snaar, Old High German snare, German Schnur "noose, cord," Old English snear "a string, cord"). Figuratively from c. 1300, "anything by which one is entangled or entrapped."

snare (n.2)

"string stretched across the lower head of a drum," so as to produce a rattling vibration, 1680s, probably [OED] from Dutch snaar "string," from same source as snare (n.1). From 1938 as a shortening of snare-drum (which is attested by 1873).

snare (v.)

late 14c., snaren, "ensnare, catch or take (small animals, birds, etc.)," also figurative, from snare (n.1). Related: Snared; snaring.

updated on February 02, 2023