- -hood [hood][ME -had, -hod < OE had, order, condition, quality, rank, akin to Ger -heit < IE * (s)kāit-, bright, gleaming: basic sense “appearance by which known”] suffix forming nouns1. state, quality, condition [childhood]2. the whole group of (a specified class, profession, etc.) [priesthood]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.