Two children with hoods on their coats.
- The definition of a hood is slang for a neighborhood.
An example of a hood is what you’d call the area in which you live in the inner city.
- Hood is defined as the front top of a car or other vehicle that covers and protects the engine, or a protective covering that removes fumes or exhaust.
- An example of a hood is the part of your car that you lift in order to find the dip stick to check your oil.
- An example of a hood is a work area that is covered and has a pipe and fan to remove fumes.
- Hood means a head covering attached to a jacket or shirt.
An example of a hood is the part of a sweater that can be pulled tight with strings around your face.
- The hood suffix is defined as the state or condition of the word it modifies, or the whole group it is.
- An example of the hood suffix is the area in which you live with your neighbors, referred to as your neighborhood.
- An example of the hood suffix is the group of women you relate to, referred to as the sisterhood.
- a covering for the head and neck and, sometimes, the face, worn separately or as part of a robe, cloak, or jacket: a monk's cowl is a hood
- anything resembling a hood in shape or use; specif.,
- a fold of cloth over the back of an academic or ecclesiastical gown, judge's robe, etc., often with distinguishing colors to indicate the wearer's degree, college affiliation, etc.
- the body panel that usually covers the engine of an automotive vehicle
- a protective canopy, as above a cookstove, often containing a fan, for exhausting heat, smoke, and fumes
- the cowl of a chimney
- a covering for a horse's head
- Falconry the covering for a falcon's head when it is not chasing game
- a bird's crest
- the fold of skin near a cobra's head that expands when the snake is excited
Origin of hoodMiddle English from Old English hod, akin to German hut, hat: for Indo-European base see hat
- 1831-79; Confederate general
- see Robin Hood
- 1799-1845; Eng. poet & humorist
- state, quality, condition: childhood
- the whole group of (a specified class, profession, etc.): priesthood
Origin of -hoodMiddle English -had, -hod from Old English had, order, condition, quality, rank, akin to German -heit from Indo-European an unverified form (s)k?it-, bright, gleaming: basic sense “appearance by which known”
- A loose pliable covering for the head and neck, often attached to a robe or jacket.
- An ornamental draping of cloth hung from the shoulders of an academic or ecclesiastical robe.
- A sack placed over the head of a falcon to keep it quiet.
- a. A metal cover or cowl for a hearth or stove.b. A carriage top.c. The hinged metal lid over the engine of a motor vehicle.
- Zoology A colored marking or an expanded part, such as a crest, on or near the head of an animal.
transitive verbhood·ed, hood·ing, hoods
Origin of hoodMiddle English hod from Old English hōd
- A hoodlum; a thug.
- A rowdy or violent young person.
Origin of hoodShort for hoodlum
Origin of hoodAfrican American Vernacular Englishshort for neighborhood
- a. Condition; state; quality: manhood.b. An instance of a specified state or quality: falsehood.
- A group sharing a specified state or quality: sisterhood.
Origin of -hoodMiddle English -hed, -hode from Old English -hǣdu, -hād
- Relating to inner-city everyday life, both positive and negative aspects; especially people’s attachment to and love for their neighborhoods.
- A covering such as worn over one’s head.
- A distinctively coloured fold of material, representing a university degree.
- An enclosure that protects something, especially from above.
- (automotive) A soft top of a convertible car or carriage.
- (US, automotive) The hinged cover over the engine of a motor vehicle. Also known as a bonnet in other countries.
- (slang) gangster, thug. Short for hoodlum.
- (UK) abbreviation for hoodie, in the sense of a person wearing such a garment.
- (slang) neighborhood.
- What is goin' down in the hood?
- A metal covering that leads to a vent to suck away smoke or fumes.
(third-person singular simple present hoods, present participle hooding, simple past and past participle hooded)
- To cover something with a hood.
Middle English, from Old English hōd, from Proto-Germanic *hōdaz (compare West Frisian/Dutch hoed, German Hut), from Sarmato-Scythian *xauda (“hat”) (compare Avestan [script?] (xaoda), Old Persian [script?] (xaudā)), from Proto-Indo-European *kadʰ- (“to cover”). More at hat.
From Old English -hÄd, from Proto-Germanic *haiduz, via Middle English -hode (compare -head). Cognate with German -heit, Dutch -heid, Swedish -het, Norwegian -het/-heit, Danish -hed. The Swedish, Norwegian and Danish endings are borrowed from West Germanic.