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

  • n. A loose pliable covering for the head and neck, often attached to a robe or jacket.
  • n. An ornamental draping of cloth hung from the shoulders of an academic or ecclesiastical robe.
  • n. A sack placed over the head of a falcon to keep it quiet.
  • n. A metal cover or cowl for a hearth or stove.
  • n. A carriage top.
  • n. The hinged metal lid over the engine of a motor vehicle.
  • n. Zoology An expanded part, crest, or marking on or near the head of an animal.
  • transitive v. To supply or cover with a hood.
  • n. Slang A hoodlum; a thug.
  • n. Slang A rowdy or violent young person.
  • n. Slang A neighborhood, usually in the inner city.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to inner-city everyday life, both positive and negative aspects; especially people’s attachment to and love for their neighborhoods.
  • n. A covering such as worn over one’s head.
  • n. A distinctively coloured fold of material, representing a university degree.
  • n. An enclosure that protects something, especially from above.
  • n. A soft top of a convertible car or carriage.
  • n. The hinged cover over the engine of a motor vehicle. Also known as a bonnet in other countries.
  • n. gangster, thug. Short for hoodlum.
  • n. abbreviation for hoodie, in the sense of a person wearing such a garment.
  • n. neighborhood.
  • n. A metal covering that leads to a vent to suck away smoke or fumes.
  • v. To cover something with a hood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State; condition.
  • n. A covering or garment for the head or the head and shoulders, often attached to the body garment.
  • n. A soft covering for the head, worn by women, which leaves only the face exposed.
  • n. A part of a monk's outer garment, with which he covers his head; a cowl.
  • n. A like appendage to a cloak or loose overcoat, that may be drawn up over the head at pleasure.
  • n. An ornamental fold at the back of an academic gown or ecclesiastical vestment.
  • n. A covering for a horse's head.
  • n. A covering for a hawk's head and eyes. See Illust. of Falcon.
  • n. Anything resembling a hood in form or use.
  • n. The top or head of a carriage.
  • n. A chimney top, often contrived to secure a constant draught by turning with the wind.
  • n. A projecting cover above a hearth, forming the upper part of the fireplace, and confining the smoke to the flue.
  • n. The top of a pump.
  • n. A covering for a mortar.
  • n. The hood-shaped upper petal of some flowers, as of monkshood; -- called also helmet.
  • n. A covering or porch for a companion hatch.
  • n. The endmost plank of a strake which reaches the stem or stern.
  • n. Same as hoodlum.
  • n. Same as neighborhood.
  • transitive v. To cover with a hood; to furnish with a hood or hood-shaped appendage.
  • transitive v. To cover; to hide; to blind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover the head of with a hood; furnish with a hood: as, to hood a falcon; to hood a chimney.
  • Hence To cover; hide; blind.
  • A suffix denoting ‘state, quality, character,’ as in childhood, boyhood, manhood, maidenhood, fatherhood, brotherhood, sisterhood, knighthood, priesthood, Godhood, etc.
  • n. A covering for the head, of soft or flexible material, as cloth, leather, or chain-mail (in a suit of armor), usually extending over the back of the neck and sometimes the shoulders, and often attached to a garment worn about the body: as, the hood of a monk; the hood of an academic gown. See also cut under camail.
  • n. In falconry, a covering for the entire head of a hawk.
  • n. A cover of a carriage for the protection of its occupants, made so that it can be folded or turned back, or removed.
  • n. Something that resembles a hood in form, position, or use, as the upper petal or sepal of certain flowers, a chimney-cowl, etc.; specifically, in zoology, a conformation of parts or an arrangement of color on or about the head, like or likened to a hood. See phrases under hooded.
  • n. The hooded seal, Cystophora cristata.
  • n. In ship-building, the foremost and aftermost planks of a ship's bottom, both inside and outside.
  • n. The rise in the quarter-deck which gives more head-room to the cabin.
  • n. A covering over a hatchway to protect the openingfrom the weather.
  • n. A projecting shelter-like canopy over an outer door, usually carried by corbels or brackets. See hoodmold.
  • n. A similar projecting member over a hearth, intended to direct the smoke inward toward the flue.
  • n. In modern ventilation, a projection above a range or furnace, intended to carry off the smell of cooking or noxious gases.
  • n. In chemical laboratories, a fixed appliance consisting of an inclosed and covered space within which offensive gases or vapors may be evolved and carried off by a connected flue without escaping into the room. It is usually provided with a sliding or hinged door in front for the introduction and removal of apparatus.
  • n. A curved cover for a machine or for any part of one.
  • n. The cover for a blacksmith's forge.
  • n. In electricity, a protecting cover, also sometimes serving as a reflector, placed over an are-lamp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an aggressive and violent young criminal
  • n. (falconry) a leather covering for a hawk's head
  • v. cover with a hood
  • n. a tubular attachment used to keep stray light out of the lens of a camera
  • n. a protective covering that is part of a plant
  • n. the folding roof of a carriage
  • n. protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine
  • n. metal covering leading to a vent that exhausts smoke or fumes
  • n. (zoology) an expandable part or marking that resembles a hood on the head or neck of an animal
  • n. a headdress that protects the head and face
  • n. (slang) a neighborhood


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

Middle English hod, from Old English hōd.
Short for hoodlum.
African American Vernacular English, short for neighborhood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English, from Old English hōd, from Proto-Germanic *hōdaz (compare West Frisian/Dutch hoed, German Hut), from Sarmato-Scythian *xauda 'hat' (compare Avestan xaoda, Old Persian xaudā), from Proto-Indo-European *kadh- 'to cover'. More at hat.



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  • The "hood" meaning hoodlum is pronounced like the first syllable of hoodlum in Chicago where the designation "Hood" was early (20s) used. Rhymes with food.

    July 21, 2013

  • Hmm...and it seems like such a pleasant, safe town.

    September 9, 2009

  • They must talk about criminals a lot in Princeton.

    September 8, 2009