hood

1 of 4

noun (1)

plural hoods
1
a(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
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
hood transitive verb
hoodlike adjective

hood

2 of 4

noun (2)

variants or 'hood
plural hoods or 'hoods
informal
: a neighborhood and especially an inner-city neighborhood
also : inner city
plural hoods
informal
: hoodlum
… he understands the hood's plight that led him to crime.Scott Waldyn
Named for his [Elvis Presley's] iconic song of the same name, Jailhouse Rock centers on Vince Everett, a young hood serving a one-year jail sentence for manslaughter.Jake Dee

-hood

4 of 4

noun suffix

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

Examples of hood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Under the carbon-fiber hood is the most powerful engine of any series-production Audi ever made. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 6 Feb. 2024 Under the hood, there's a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio and a 105dB siren. PCMAG, 5 Feb. 2024 Shirlee had Theo hanging around the hood like a vagabond; Theo was bound to get caught up. Addie Citchens, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 The length should reach from the top edge of the hood to the bottom of the hoodie. Amanda Kingloff, Parents, 2 Feb. 2024 And the reach-in cooler gaskets, hood filters, bottom of the reach-in freezer and cutting boards remained unclean. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 Seeing Christ and crew get the money, power and respect flips a switch for Clarence, who with his own band of merry men sets out to become a hood messiah. Helena Andrews-Dyer, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 From those cars, thieves took wheels (tires and rims), catalytic converters, hybrid batteries, hoods, and bumpers. Ryan MacAsero, The Mercury News, 23 Jan. 2024 The baby product includes four shiny wheels, silver and black detailing and a little hood to protect baby Rocky, 3 months, from the sun. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 20 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

short for neighborhood

Noun suffix

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

1967, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hood was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near hood

Cite this Entry

“Hood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hood. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

hood

1 of 3 noun
1
: a soft covering for the head and neck often attached to a coat or cape
2
: a marking, crest, or fold on the head of an animal
3
a
: something resembling a hood in form or use
b
: a cover for parts of mechanisms
especially : the movable metal covering over the engine of an automobile
c
: an enclosure provided with a draft for carrying off disagreeable or harmful fumes, sprays, or dust
hooded
-əd
adjective
hoodlike adjective

hood

2 of 3 noun

-hood

3 of 3 noun suffix
ˌhu̇d
1
: state : condition : quality
hardihood
2
: time : period
childhood
3
: instance of a state or quality
falsehood
4
: individuals sharing a state or character
brotherhood
Etymology

Noun suffix

Old English hād "condition, quality"

Biographical Definition

Hood 1 of 3

biographical name (1)

John Bell 1831–1879 American Confederate general

Hood

2 of 3

biographical name (2)

Samuel 1724–1816 1st Viscount Hood British admiral

Hood

3 of 3

biographical name (3)

Thomas 1799–1845 English poet

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