Origin of hood1
OTHER WORDS FROM hoodhoodless, adjectivehoodlike, adjective
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Origin of -hood
WORDS THAT USE -HOOD
What does -hood mean?
The suffix –hood is used to indicate “a state of being” or “a group of a particular characteristic or class.” It is often used in a variety of technical and everyday terms.
The form –hood comes from Old English hād, meaning “condition” or “rank.” Similar suffixes in Latin include –itās and –tūdō, both of which indicate a state of being and are the sources of the English suffixes –ity and –tude. Check out our entries for both suffixes to learn how frequently they appear.
Examples of -hood
An example of a word you may have encountered that features –hood is adulthood, “the state or period of being fully grown, fully developed, or of age.”
The adult– portion of the word means, naturally enough, “adult,” from Latin adultus. As we have seen, –hood refers to “a state of being.” Adulthood literally means “the state of being an adult.”
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How to use hood in a sentence
Micah is 10 years old and he had a coat geared to the season, a Patagonia winter jacket with a hood.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner|Mike Barnicle|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As McSpadden wailed in grief, Head climbed on the hood of the car to console her.The Baptism of Michael Brown Sr. and Ferguson’s Baptism by Fire|Justin Glawe|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They should put dude down in the hood and let him get what he deserves.
Was there a brief window where I relished it, where it proved something about the passage of teenager-hood to manhood?Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point|Tim Teeman|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it is clear why they consider him some Robin Hood and others considered him the devil.Gangster in Paradise: Benicio Del Toro Is Pablo Escobar|Alex Suskind|September 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The strains of the syren at last woke her uncle, and brought back Miss Hood, who suggested that it was late.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
She wore a little red hood, and looked wistfully after Davy as the shop went out of sight.
Robin Hood stared at him for a moment with a puzzled expression, and then walked into his little shop, and Davy turned away.
Jefferson Davis disguised himself in the hood, shawl, and dress of his wife in 1865.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
No, there was nothing to worry about as long as that relentless hunter of criminals known as the Black Hood kept off their tail.