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

1. to furnish with a hood.
2. to cover with or as if with a hood.


Pronunciation: (hood, hOOd), [key]
n. Slang.
a hoodlum.


Pronunciation: (hood), [key]


Pronunciation: (hood), [key]
1. John Bell, 1831–79, Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War.
2. Raymond Math•ew•son Pronunciation: (math'yOO-sun), [key] 1881–1934, U.S. architect.
3. Robin. See Robin Hood.
4. Thomas, 1799–1845, English poet and humorist.
5. Mount, a volcanic peak in N Oregon, in the Cascade Range. 11,253 ft. (3430 m).


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.

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