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 History of this Word

"hood" is from "had" (position or condition) spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
motherhood
falsehood
brotherhood
knighthood

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-hood" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates condition or state. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-hood illustration One of the joys of adulthood is having the ability to define oneself.
-hood illustration He and his family lived in a "nice" neighborhood near a lake.