(noun) (zoology) an expandable part or marking that resembles a hood on the head or neck of an animal

hood, bonnet, cowl, cowling

(noun) protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine; “there are powerful engines under the hoods of new cars”; “the mechanic removed the cowling in order to repair the plane’s engine”


(noun) a headdress that protects the head and face


(noun) the folding roof of a carriage

hood, exhaust hood

(noun) metal covering leading to a vent that exhausts smoke or fumes


(noun) (falconry) a leather covering for a hawk’s head

hood, lens hood

(noun) a tubular attachment used to keep stray light out of the lens of a camera


(noun) (slang) a neighborhood

hood, cap

(noun) a protective covering that is part of a plant

hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armer

(noun) an aggressive and violent young criminal


(verb) cover with a hood; “The bandits were hooded”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Proper noun

Hood (plural Hoods)

A surname.

A census-designated place in Sacramento County, California, United States.


• Hodo, hodo-

Etymology 1


hood (plural hoods)

A covering for the head attached to a larger garment such as a jacket or cloak.

A distinctively coloured fold of material, representing a university degree.

An enclosure that protects something, especially from above.

(automotive) A soft top of a convertible car or carriage.

(US, automotive) The hinged cover over the engine of a motor vehicle: known as a bonnet in other countries.

A metal covering that leads to a vent to suck away smoke or fumes.


• (engine cover): bonnet, cowl


hood (third-person singular simple present hoods, present participle hooding, simple past and past participle hooded)

To cover something with a hood.

Antonym: unhood

Etymology 2


hood (plural hoods)

(slang) gangster, thug.

Etymology 3


hood (not comparable)

Relating to inner-city everyday life, both positive and negative aspects; especially people’s attachment to and love for their neighborhoods.


hood (plural hoods)

(African American Vernacular English, slang) Neighborhood.

Usage notes

Particularly used for poor US inner-city black neighborhoods. Also used more generally, as a casual neutral term for “neighborhood”, but marked by strong associations.


• (poor neighborhood, esp. black): ghetto

• (neighborhood): nabe, neighborhood

Etymology 4


hood (plural hoods)

(UK) person wearing a hoodie.


• Hodo, hodo-

Source: Wiktionary

-hood. Etym: [OE. hod, had, hed, hede, etc., person, rank, order, condition, AS. had; akin to OS. hed, OHG. heit, G. -heit, D. -heid, Goth. haidus manner; cf. Skr. ketu brightness, cit to appear, be noticeable, notice. sq. root217. Cf. -head.]

Definition: A termination denoting state, condition, quality, character, totality, as in manhood, childhood, knighthood, brotherhood. Sometimes it is written, chiefly in obsolete words, in the form - head.

Hood, n. Etym: [OE. hood, hod, AS. hod; akin to D. hoed hat, G. hut, OHG. huot, also to E. hat, and prob. to E. heed. sq. root13.]

1. State; condition. [Obs.] How could thou ween, through that disguised hood To hide thy state from being understood Spenser.

2. A covering or garment for the head or the head and shoulders, often attached to the body garment; especially: (a) A soft covering for the head, worn by women, which leaves only the face exposed. (b) A part of a monk's outer garment, with which he covers his head; a cowl. "All hoods make not monks." Shak. (c) A like appendage to a cloak or loose overcoat, that may be drawn up over the head at pleasure. (d) An ornamental fold at the back of an academic gown or ecclesiastical vestment; as, a master's hood. (e) A covering for a horse's head. (f) (Falconry) A covering for a hawk's head and eyes. See Illust. of Falcon.

3. Anything resembling a hood in form or use; as: (a) The top or head of a carriage. (b) A chimney top, often contrived to secure a constant draught by turning with the wind. (c) A projecting cover above a hearth, forming the upper part of the fireplace, and confining the smoke to the flue. (d) The top of a pump. (e) (Ord.) A covering for a mortar. (f) (Bot.) The hood-shaped upper petal of some flowers, as of monkshood; -- called also helmet. Gray. (g) (Naut.) A covering or porch for a companion hatch.

4. (Shipbuilding)

Definition: The endmost plank of a strake which reaches the stem or stern.

Hood, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hooded; p. pr. & vb. n. Hooding.]

1. To cover with a hood; to furnish with a hood or hood-shaped appendage. The friar hooded, and the monarch crowned. Pope.

2. To cover; to hide; to blind. While grace is saying, I'll hood mine eyes Thus with my hat, and sigh and say, "Amen." Shak. Hooding end (Shipbuilding), the end of a hood where it enters the rabbet in the stem post or stern post.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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