What does actually snood mean when someone says, 'He is a snood arm wrestler. He eats more than he trains, but he's beaten some of our toughest guys.' Does it mean that person who's called snood arm wrestler is kind of lazy to train hard and has some extra weight? Link to the video, I've heard that word there, at 54 second The video is available only in USA.

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    I never heard the word used for anything except the (extra fine) length of fishing line between the hook and the main line (which is heavier, and more visible to the fish). Apparently it's also a woman's head/hair band, and sometimes a general-purpose meaningless pejorative noun. Perhaps akin to nerd, dork, so perhaps someone used it to mean "This guy has no chance of picking up girls, so he puts all his energy into geeky activities such as arm-wrestling". Mostly it probably means whoever you heard using the word doesn't know or care much about how other people use English. Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 15:21
  • @FumbleFingers I know Snood as something else entirely.
    – choster
    Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 15:41
  • Maybe I didn't get it right, maybe there're some homonyms which sound similarly, but have different meaning, I'm not sure...
    – Lumberjack
    Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 15:48
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    Please edit the video link into your question. It sounds to me like he's saying, “He’s’n’ood arm wrestler” and probably means “He’s a good....” Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 21:31
  • You're the second person who thinks so, probably you're right)
    – Lumberjack
    Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 12:48

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The video doesn't use the word "snood". The actual transcription should be:

MAN 1: Turbo

MAN 2: He's new to arm-wrestling.

MAN 1: He eats more than he trains... but he's beaten some of our toughest guys.

The accent makes it a little hard to pick out that MAN 2 says arm-wrestling and not arm-wrestler because he chops off the "ing" sound to make a very "redneck" style wrestlin'. Likewise, the "to" is actually pronounced tuh or ta and the "he's" is very short and barely has the "he" portion. Altogether it sounds like:

eeznooh tuh ahrm rasslin'

'e's new ta' arm-rasslin'

he's new to arm-wrestling

"Snood" doesn't have a relevant meaning in this context and the speaker absolutely says "arm-wrestling" instead of "arm-wrestler".

  • FWIW, I lived in Texas for a few years. This is a fairly light "redneck" accent that can be found all over the southern United States. More info can be found on Wikipedia: Southern American English
    – MrHen
    Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 20:19
  • MrHen, you was absolutely right. Yesterday I watched the full episode of the show and the same guy said similar phrase about Turbo 'He's new to this sport'.
    – Lumberjack
    Commented Mar 7, 2014 at 10:44

For the benefit of anyone who clicked this question actually looking for the meaning of the word snood: in my experience (and confirmed by Wikipedia), while it is a neck covering that can be raised over the head by women and/or motorcyclists, it can also be used to refer to a hairnet which is specifically used to cover a beard, in food production.

  • Avoiding wearing one was the main reason I opted to shave during my teenage years when I worked part time at a deli, rather than try to grow out my bum fluff, for which I came to be most grateful in later years. Men really ought to shave for the first five years that they need to if they want to grow anything like a beard or moustache.
    – naughtilus
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 11:30
  • This is exactly the meaning of snood. I owned several snoods to protect my ears and head in cold weather. They were elegant looking and secure compared to a hat and scarf combination. Good answer! Commented Dec 20, 2022 at 21:50

According to the "urban dictionary" it's just more-or-less meaningless substitute for "bad/unpleasant".


The work also has several other meanings which do not apply here. For example, it's the flap of skin on a turkey's beak.

Another distinct possibility (purely conjecture) is that the speaker intended to say "good" and due to regional accents or slip of the tongue said "snood" (or something like it) instead.

  • Yeah, there is a bunch of various meainings, including "The ballsack thing that hangs off a turkey's face", I guess "bad/unpleasant" or in other words "snoob + rude" (how it's describes on urban dictionary) is more appropriate, but still makes me doubt...
    – Lumberjack
    Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 15:39
  • @Lumberjack Some guy above said something like a "dork"; that seems fairly OK as well. I have my doubts too - perhaps you could tell us precisely where in the world you heard this - it might be regional slang.
    – d'alar'cop
    Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 15:43
  • I've heard it in promo-video of reality show. Maybe I got it wrong, but 2 friends of mine hear the same sound (word). I got a link btw, but it works only within USA... youtu.be/bcTZlhmOkk0?t=54s from 54 second
    – Lumberjack
    Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 16:00
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    @Lumberjack I have a theory... they said "good"... or they meant to - and they just stuffed it up a bit.
    – d'alar'cop
    Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 16:02
  • Good theory, these guys are from South of the USA, I've noticed they have special way of spelling some words =)
    – Lumberjack
    Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 16:06

After listening to the video several times, it sounds to me like the speaker says, “He’s’n’ood arm wrestler,” in heavily accented American English. I doubt that this is the word snood; more likely it simply means “He’s a good arm wrestler” with a bit of an accent or quirk of speech. It's also possible that he tried to say, “He’s an ... arm wrestler” and stumbled over the words because good doesn't start with a vowel.

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