Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Condition; state; quality: manhood.
  • suffix An instance of a specified state or quality: falsehood.
  • suffix A group sharing a specified state or quality: sisterhood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix A condition or state of being the thing or being in the role denoted by the word it is suffixed to, usually a noun.
  • suffix A group sharing a specified condition or state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

Etymologies

Middle English -hed, -hode, from Old English *-hǣdu, -hād.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

Examples

  • The only other new CBS comedy, being paired with The Big Bang Theory on Thursday, is yet another self-conscious look at "real man"-hood a theme prevalent in several new ABC sitcoms this fall.

    Critic's Notebook: The CBS Upfront

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