[hoo d-id]


having, or covered with, a hood: a hooded jacket.
having the shape of a hood; hood-shaped.
Zoology. having on the head a hoodlike formation, crest, arrangement of colors, or the like.
Botany. cucullate.

Origin of hooded

First recorded in 1400–50, hooded is from the late Middle English word hodid. See hood1, -ed3
Related formshood·ed·ness, noun


[hoo d]


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.

verb (used with object)

to furnish with a hood.
to cover with or as if with a hood.

Origin of hood

before 900; 1925–30, Americanism for def 3; Middle English hode, Old English hōd; cognate with Old Frisian hōde, Dutch hoed, German Hut hat
Related formshood·less, adjectivehood·like, adjective
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Related Words for hooded

cowled, cucullate

Examples from the Web for hooded

Contemporary Examples of hooded

Historical Examples of hooded

  • Mechanically she took from the wardrobe a hooded cloak, put it about her, and left the room.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Fire rays fall athwart the robes Of hooded men, squat and dumb.

    War is Kind

    Stephen Crane

  • Two ladies passed them at that moment, cloaked and hooded, walking briskly.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Venus of the Brine comes forth, In her hooded mantle's fluff.

  • She had hooded her head as he commanded, and it became her as he had foreseen.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

British Dictionary definitions for hooded



covered with, having, or shaped like a hood
(of eyes) having heavy eyelids that appear to be half closed




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
Derived Formshoodless, adjectivehoodlike, adjective

Word Origin for hood

Old English hōd; related to Old High German huot hat, Middle Dutch hoet, Latin cassis helmet; see hat




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)
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Word Origin and History for hooded



"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.

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