a native English suffix denoting state, condition, character, nature, etc., or a body of persons of a particular character or class, formerly used in the formation of nouns: childhood; likelihood; knighthood; priesthood.
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Origin of -hood
Middle English -hode, -hod, Old English -hād (cognate with German -heit), special use of hād condition, state, order, quality, rank
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British Dictionary definitions for -hood
suffix forming nouns
indicating state or condition of beingmanhood; adulthood
indicating a body of personsknighthood; priesthood
Word Origin for -hood
Old English -hād
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