1 [hood]
a soft or flexible covering for the head and neck, either separate or attached to a cloak, coat, or the like.
something resembling or suggesting such a covering, especially in shape, as certain petals or sepals.
the hinged, movable part of an automobile body covering the engine.
British. the roof of a carriage.
a metal cover or canopy for a stove, ventilator, etc.
Falconry. a cover for the entire head of a hawk, used when the bird is not in pursuit of game.
an ornamental ruffle or fold on the back of the shoulders of an academic gown, jurist's robe, etc.
a crest or band of color on the head of certain birds and animals.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with a hood.
to cover with or as if with a hood.

before 900; 1925–30, Americanism for def 3; Middle English hode, Old English hōd; cognate with Old Frisian hōde, Dutch hoed, German Hut hat

hoodless, adjective
hoodlike, adjective
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2 [hood, hood]
noun Slang.
a hoodlum.

1925–30; by shortening


Slang. neighborhood.

1985–90; by shortening


John Bell, 1831–79, Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War.
Raymond Mathewson [math-yoo-suhn] , 1881–1934, U.S. architect.
Robin, Robin Hood.
Thomas, 1799–1845, English poet and humorist.
a volcanic peak in N Oregon, in the Cascade Range. 11,253 feet (3430 meters).


a native English suffix denoting state, condition, character, nature, etc., or a body of persons of a particular character or class, formerly used in the formation of nouns: childhood; likelihood; knighthood; priesthood .

Middle English -hode, -hod, Old English -hād (cognate with German -heit), special use of hād condition, state, order, quality, rank

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hood1 (hʊd)
1.  a loose head covering either attached to a cloak or coat or made as a separate garment
2.  something resembling this in shape or use
3.  the US and Canadian name for bonnet
4.  the folding roof of a convertible car
5.  a hoodlike garment worn over an academic gown, indicating its wearer's degree and university
6.  falconry a close-fitting cover, placed over the head and eyes of a falcon to keep it quiet when not hunting
7.  biology a structure or marking, such as the fold of skin on the head of a cobra, that covers or appears to cover the head or some similar part
8.  (tr) to cover or provide with or as if with a hood
[Old English hōd; related to Old High German huot hat, Middle Dutch hoet, Latin cassis helmet; see hat]

hood2 (hʊd)
slang short for hoodlum

suffix forming nouns
1.  indicating state or condition of being: manhood; adulthood
2.  indicating a body of persons: knighthood; priesthood
[Old English -hād]

Hood (hʊd)
1.  Robin See Robin Hood
2.  Samuel, 1st Viscount. 1724--1816, British admiral. He fought successfully against the French during the American Revolution and the French Revolutionary Wars
3.  Thomas. 1799--1845, British poet and humorist: his work includes protest poetry, such as The Song of the Shirt (1843) and The Bridge of Sighs (1844)

'hood (hʊd)
slang chiefly (US) short for neighbourhood

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Word Origin & History

"covering," O.E. hod, from P.Gmc. *khodaz (cf. O.Fris. hod, M.Du. hoet, Ger. Hut "hat," O.Fris. hode "guard, protection"), from PIE *kadh- "cover" (see hat). Modern spelling is early 1400s to indicate a "long" vowel, which is no longer pronounced as such. Little Red Riding Hood
(1729) translates Charles Perrault's Petit Chaperon Rouge ("Contes du Temps" 1697).

"gangster," 1930, Amer.Eng., shortened form of hoodlum. As a shortened form of neighborhood it began 1980s in Los Angeles black slang.

"state or condition of being," from O.E. -had "condition, position," cognate with Ger. -heit, Du. -heid, all from P.Gmc. *khaidus. Originally a free-standing word, cf. O.E. hed "position, dignity," O.N. heiðr "honor, dignity," Goth. haidus "manner;" it survives in Eng. only in this suffix.
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Computing Dictionary

HOOD definition

Hierarchical Object Oriented Design

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Hood definition

(Heb. tsaniph) a tiara round the head (Isa. 3:23; R.V., pl., "turbans"). Rendered "diadem," Job 29:14; high priest's "mitre," Zech. 3:5; "royal diadem," Isa. 62:3.

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As you might know from book three, little red riding hood was insane.
The scoops in the hood could be opened and closed via a lever under the dashboard.
An updated version of the air grabber hood was introduced this year.
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