hood·ed | \ ˈhu̇-dəd \

Definition of hooded 

1 : having a hood

2 : shaped like a hood hooded spathes

3a : having the head conspicuously different in color from the rest of the body hooded bird

b : having a crest on the head that suggests a hood hooded seals

c : having the skin at each side of the neck capable of expansion by movements of the ribs a hooded cobra

4 : half-closed hooded eyes

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Other words from hooded

hoodedness noun

Examples of hooded in a Sentence

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The final expression on her hooded face is diabolical and unreadable. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 Nowadays, though, one thing tops the search results: a mug shot, his eyes hooded, his white goatee jutting out at a defiant angle. New York Times, "From Fighting Injustice to Facing Death Row: The Bizarre Case of Pastor Glasgow," 7 July 2018 Of course, one person should wear a red, hooded trench coat. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "14 Genius Group Halloween Costume Ideas for You and Your Squad," 6 July 2018 The result was hooded capes, Imperial eagles, crown motifs, and military jackets. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Fendi Embraces Faux Over Fur in Paris Couture Show," 5 July 2018 Her Helmut Helmut Lang hooded leather hoodie costs $275 while a Jitrois Python zip-up jacket is available for $1,195. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union selling their designer clothes," 8 May 2018 The main instrument panel is refreshingly analog, with two big, hooded dials—the tachometer on the left and speedometer on the right. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: A sports sedan for people who want to drive," 6 Apr. 2018 And a surveillance video shows a hooded Loughner walking though the store before the shooting. NBC News, "FBI releases new photos, video of 2011 Gabby Giffords shooting," 5 Apr. 2018 Woolwine, a Catholic, tried to make his opposition to the Klan a campaign issue and was sometimes met by jeering hooded Klansmen at campaign rallies. Charles Reichmann, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Second Coming of the KKK,’ by Linda Gordon," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hooded

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hooded was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hooded

: having a hood : wearing a hood

of an animal : having a head that is colored or formed in a way that looks like a hood

—used to describe eyes that are half closed

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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