American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Condition; state; quality: manhood.
- n. An instance of a specified state or quality: falsehood.
- n. A group sharing a specified state or quality: sisterhood.
- n. A condition or state of being the thing or being in the role denoted by the word it is suffixed to, usually a noun.
- n. A group sharing a specified condition or state.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A termination denoting
state, condition, quality, character, totality, as in man hood, child hood, knight hood, brother hood. Sometimes it is written, chiefly in obsolete words, in the form - head.
- From Old English -hād, from Proto-Germanic *haiduz, via Middle English -hode (compare -head). Cognate with German -heit, Dutch -heid, Swedish -het, Norwegian -het/-heit, Danish -hed. The Swedish, Norwegian and Danish endings are borrowed from West Germanic. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English -hed, -hode, from Old English *-hǣdu, -hād. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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