hood·​ie | \ ˈhu̇-dē How to pronounce hoodie (audio) \
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Definition of hoodie

: a hooded sweatshirt There were lots of kids milling around in this area, so I pulled what was left of my hoodie over my head and kept my face down, hands in pockets, as we made our way through the crowd.— R. J. Palacio

Examples of hoodie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 600-square-foot Create shop offers its own brand of skateboards, hoodies and hats, but still has room for shoppers to hang out and play video games. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "Skateboarding shops make a comeback in San Francisco," 12 Jan. 2020 In video released by Philadelphia police, the suspect, wearing a grey hoodie and dark gloves, entered a Rite Aid store January 3 and took an item to the register. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Man who robbed a pharmacy gave clerk a note that said, 'I'm sorry, I have a sick child,' cops say," 8 Jan. 2020 Ernest Lewis was bundled up in two hoodies and sweatpants after spending a cold night in a Phoenix alley. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "A Phoenix researcher interviewed 100 homeless people. Here's what she found can help them," 2 Jan. 2020 Wiley’s bronze makes some tweaks to the original: on its rearing stallion sits a young black man dressed in a hoodie and Nike high-tops. Kriston Capps, The New Yorker, "Kehinde Wiley’s Anti-Confederate Memorial," 24 Dec. 2019 The swag is part of a larger ecommerce market that cashes in on internet culture, with people selling everything from hoodies and mugs to sweatpants all featuring the latest memes. Wired, "Cybertruck Swag Has Flooded Amazon and Etsy," 26 Nov. 2019 Outside the glass doors of the meeting room was a standard startup scene: bright lights, open office, young people in hoodies and jeans, an Australian shepherd named Taco trotting around greeting visitors. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "People are terrible judges of talent. Can algorithms do better?," 19 Nov. 2019 In the picture, Ellery takes the selfie wearing a black hoodie and sunglasses, as the actress moms surround him and Coco (whom Cox shares with her ex, David Arquette) and Jaya smile from behind. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Courteney Cox and Laura Dern Celebrated Christmas Eve Together for 14th Straight Year," 25 Dec. 2019 The robber, described as a black man wearing a hoodie and bandana, had taken cash from the register at 8:15 p.m. and forced an employee to open a safe, according to a police report. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood police: Shopper shot at robbery suspect," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of hoodie

1990, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoodie

hood entry 1 + -ie

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The first known use of hoodie was in 1990

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hoodie.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoodie. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hoodie

informal : a hooded sweatshirt

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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