noun (1)
\ ˈhu̇d How to pronounce hood (audio) \

Definition of hood

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a(1) : a flexible covering for the head and neck
(2) : a protective covering for the head and face
b : a covering for a hawk's head and eyes
c : a covering for a horse's head also : blinder
2a : an ornamental scarf worn over an academic gown that indicates by its color the wearer's college or university
b : a color marking or crest on the head of an animal or an expansion of the head that suggests a hood
3a : something resembling a hood in form or use
b : a cover for parts of mechanisms specifically : the movable metal covering over the engine of an automobile
c chiefly British : a top cover over the passenger section of a vehicle usually designed to be folded back
d : an enclosure or canopy provided with a draft for carrying off fumes, sprays, smokes, or dusts
e : a covering for an opening (such as a companion hatch) on a boat


noun (2)
\ ˈhu̇d How to pronounce hood (audio) , ˈhüd How to pronounce hood (audio) \

Definition of hood (Entry 2 of 4)


noun (3)
\ ˈhu̇d How to pronounce hood (audio) \
variants: or 'hood

Definition of hood (Entry 3 of 4)

: a neighborhood and especially an inner-city neighborhood also : inner city


noun suffix

Definition of -hood (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : state : condition : quality : character widowerhood hardihood
2 : time : period childhood
3 : instance of a (specified) state or quality falsehood
4 : individuals sharing a (specified) state or character brotherhood

Other Words from hood

Noun (1)

hood transitive verb
hoodlike \ ˈhu̇d-​ˌlīk How to pronounce hood (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of hood

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun (2)

1880, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hood

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English hōd; akin to Old High German huot head covering, huota guard

Noun (3)

short for neighborhood

Noun suffix

Middle English -hod, from Old English -hād; akin to Old High German -heit state, Goth haidus way, manner

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“Hood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hood. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈhu̇d How to pronounce hood (audio) \

Kids Definition of hood

1 : a covering for the head and neck and sometimes the face
2 : the movable covering for an automobile engine
3 : a cover that is used especially to protect or shield something a lens hood

Other Words from hood

hooded \ ˈhu̇-​dəd \ adjective a hooded jacket


noun suffix
\ ˌhu̇d \

Kids Definition of -hood

1 : state : condition : quality : nature childhood likelihood
2 : instance of a specified state or quality falsehood
3 : individuals sharing a specified state or character manhood

Hood biographical name (1)

\ ˈhu̇d How to pronounce Hood (audio) \

Definition of Hood

 (Entry 1 of 3)

John Bell 1831–1879 American Confederate general


biographical name (2)

Definition of Hood (Entry 2 of 3)

Samuel 1724–1816 1st Viscount Hood British admiral


biographical name (3)

Definition of Hood (Entry 3 of 3)

Thomas 1799–1845 English poet

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