Meaning of -HOOD in English


-hood /hʊd/ BrE AmE suffix [in nouns]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: -had ]

1 . used to refer to a period of time or a state:

during his childhood (=when he was a child)

parenthood (=the state of being a parent)

2 . the people who belong to a particular group:

the priesthood (=all the people who are priests)

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.