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less common spelling 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


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ˈhu̇-dē How to pronounce hoody (audio)
: relating to, suggestive of, associated with, or having the character of a hoodlum
With Kiel Martin gone, the newly titled "Boys Will Be Boys" focuses entirely on teenage Chazz (Matthew Perry) and his hoody friend Booch (William Gallo).The Pittsburgh Press
In 1979, for instance, a number of young men had acquired a faintly hoody look …Orville Schell
Battered by racism, by hoody music-business people, and by a succession of manipulative lovers (she married twice), she hid behind a violent temper and a foul mouth, and searched most of her life for solace in drugs and drink.Whitney Balliette

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Irving pulled a blue Adidas hoody from his cruiser and tied it as a tourniquet around the girl’s leg. USA Today, 10 Apr. 2023 The other was described as having a thin build and wearing an orange hoody. chicagotribune.com, 16 July 2021 Note: on the hoody version, the hood isn’t big enough to squeeze over a ski helmet, but will cover a pompom beanie. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 Mackweldon used body mapping technology to assemble this hoody out of panels designed to provide specific benefits to specific areas of your upper-body. Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 12 Jan. 2023 Now Designed for mountaineering, this hoody is named for a gorgeous 2,000-meter alpine pyramid near Norway’s Jotunheimen National Park. Peter Koch, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 Appearing in a hoody and sometimes headphones as dramatic classical music plays in the background, Mr. Rainbolt identifies countries after what appears to be simply a glance at the sky or a patch of trees. New York Times, 7 July 2022 Fend that off with this super-comfy hoody from Sunswell, which is made of 100% Pima French Terry fabric. Monte Burke, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The suspect being sought is described as a white or Hispanic man in his late teens or early 20s standing about 5-foot-6 and wearing a dark hoody and dark ski mask, police said. Naperville Sun Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, 16 May 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hoody was in 1956

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“Hoody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoody. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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