- a soft or flexible covering for the head and neck, either separate or attached to a cloak, coat, or the like.
- something resembling or suggesting such a covering, especially in shape, as certain petals or sepals.
- the hinged, movable part of an automobile body covering the engine.
- British. the roof of a carriage.
- a metal cover or canopy for a stove, ventilator, etc.
- Falconry. a cover for the entire head of a hawk, used when the bird is not in pursuit of game.
- an ornamental ruffle or fold on the back of the shoulders of an academic gown, jurist's robe, etc.
- a crest or band of color on the head of certain birds and animals.
- to furnish with a hood.
- to cover with or as if with a hood.
Origin of hood1
- a hoodlum.
Origin of hood2
- John Bell,1831–79, Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War.
- Raymond Math·ew·son [math-yoo-suh n] /ˈmæθ yu sən/, 1881–1934, U.S. architect.
- Robin. Robin Hood.
- Thomas,1799–1845, English poet and humorist.
- Mount, a volcanic peak in N Oregon, in the Cascade Range. 11,253 feet (3430 meters).
- Slang. neighborhood.
Origin of 'hood
- 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.
Origin of -hood
Examples from the Web for hood
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
December 8, 2014
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
November 27, 2014
They should put dude down in the hood and let him get what he deserves.Ferguson Tensions in Black and White
November 21, 2014
In the past six years they have helped launching the careers of Alexander Wang, Hood by Air and Altuzarra, just to name a few.It's Who You Know: The Power Players of New York Fashion Week
September 3, 2014
The polite term is urban crime fiction, but what they are really called is “hood books.”Prisoners Get Cultural Fix with 8-Tracks and Bootleg Cassettes
August 18, 2014
We got his hat, and we picked up the hood of the sky-light, but could not find the boy.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
I had conducted so much and so violently since; but I was not too old to remember Biddy's hood.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
He was carrying his gown and hood—I suppose it was that—on his arm.The Gentleman From Indiana
I can still see the tall old woman, with her brown cape and hood.
My thin face was nearly covered by my hair, which was flattened down by my hood.
- a loose head covering either attached to a cloak or coat or made as a separate garment
- something resembling this in shape or use
- the US and Canadian name for bonnet (def. 3)
- the folding roof of a convertible car
- a hoodlike garment worn over an academic gown, indicating its wearer's degree and university
- falconry a close-fitting cover, placed over the head and eyes of a falcon to keep it quiet when not hunting
- biology a structure or marking, such as the fold of skin on the head of a cobra, that covers or appears to cover the head or some similar part
- (tr) to cover or provide with or as if with a hood
- slang short for hoodlum (def. 1)
- Robin See Robin Hood
- Samuel, 1st Viscount. 1724–1816, British admiral. He fought successfully against the French during the American Revolution and the French Revolutionary Wars
- Thomas. 1799–1845, British poet and humorist: his work includes protest poetry, such as The Song of the Shirt (1843) and The Bridge of Sighs (1844)
- slang, mainly US short for neighbourhood
- indicating state or condition of beingmanhood; adulthood
- indicating a body of personsknighthood; priesthood
Word Origin and History for hood
"covering," Old English hod "hood," from Proto-Germanic *hodaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian hod "hood," Middle Dutch hoet, Dutch hoed "hat," Old High German huot "helmet, hat," German Hut "hat," Old Frisian hode "guard, protection"), from PIE *kadh- "cover" (see hat).
Modern spelling is early 1400s to indicate a "long" vowel, which is no longer pronounced as such. Meaning "removable cover for an automobile engine" attested by 1905. Little Red Riding Hood (1729) translates Charles Perrault's Petit Chaperon Rouge ("Contes du Temps Passé" 1697).
"gangster," 1930, American English, shortened form of hoodlum.
"to put a hood on," c.1200, from hood (n.1). Related: Hooded; hooding.
shortened form of neighborhood, by 1987, U.S. black slang.
word-forming element meaning "state or condition of being," from Old English -had "condition, position," cognate with German -heit, Dutch -heid, all from Proto-Germanic *haidus "manner, quality," literally "bright appearance," from PIE (s)kai- (1) "bright, shining." Originally a free-standing word (see hade); in Modern English it survives only in this suffix.