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a. Condition; state; quality: manhood.
b. An instance of a specified state or quality: falsehood.
2. A group sharing a specified state or quality: sisterhood.

[Middle English -hed, -hode, from Old English *-hǣdu, -hād.]
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suffix forming nouns
1. indicating state or condition of being: manhood; adulthood.
2. indicating a body of persons: knighthood; priesthood.
[Old English -hād]
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n., v. hood•ed, hood•ing. n.
1. a soft or flexible covering for the head and neck, either separate or attached to a cloak, coat, etc.
2. something resembling this, esp. in shape, as certain petals or sepals.
3. the hinged movable part of an automobile body covering the engine.
4. a metal canopy for a stove, ventilator, etc.
5. a cover for the entire head of a falcon, used when the bird is not pursuing game.
6. an ornamental ruffle or fold on the back of the shoulders of an academic gown, jurist's robe, etc.
7. a hoodlike crest, band of color or fold of skin on the head of certain birds and animals.
8. to furnish with a hood.
9. to cover with or as if with a hood.
[before 900; Middle English hode, Old English hōd, c. Old Frisian hōd, Middle Dutch hoet, Old High German huot]


(hʊd, hud)

n. Slang.
a hoodlum.
[1925–30; by shortening]


n. Slang.
a neighborhood, esp. one in the inner city (usu. prec. by the).
[1965–70; by shortening]



1. John Bell, 1831–79, Confederate general.
2. Raymond Mathewson, 1881–1934, U.S. architect.
3. Robin, Robin Hood.
4. Thomas, 1799–1845, English poet and humorist.
5. Mount, a volcanic peak in N Oregon, in the Cascade Range. 11,253 ft. (3430 m).


a noun suffix denoting condition, character, etc., or a body of persons of a particular character or class: childhood; priesthood.
[Middle English -hode, -hod, Old English -hād, as independent n.: condition, quality, rank; c. Old Saxon hēd, Old High German heit state, Old Norse heithr honor, Gothic haidus manner]
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