hood Definition

  • 1a covering for the head and neck with an opening for the face, typically forming part of a coat or sweatshirt
  • 2a neighborhood, especially one's own neighborhood
  • 3a criminal gang or group of criminals, especially one involved in extortion and drugs

Using hood: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hood" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He pulled his hood up to protect himself from the rain.

  • Example

    I grew up in the same hood as him.

  • Example

    The police arrested members of the local hood for drug trafficking.

hood Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for hood

Idioms Using hood

  • to reveal one's true identity or intentions


    He finally took his hood off and revealed that he was actually a police officer.

  • in the neighborhood of

    approximately; around


    The repairs will cost in the neighborhood of $500.

  • up to no good

    doing something bad or mischievous


    I can tell by the look on his face that he's up to no good.

Phrases with hood

  • a decorative emblem on the hood of a car


    The Rolls Royce has a famous hood ornament called the Spirit of Ecstasy.

  • a derogatory term for someone who is from the ghetto or acts like they are from the ghetto


    He's always acting like a hood rat, even though he grew up in the suburbs.

  • to deceive or trick someone


    He tried to hood wink me into giving him my money, but I didn't fall for it.

Origins of hood

from Old English 'hōd'


Summary: hood in Brief

The term 'hood' [hʊd] refers to a head covering with an opening for the face, often part of a coat or sweatshirt. It also means a neighborhood, especially one's own, and a criminal gang involved in extortion and drugs. Examples include 'He pulled his hood up to protect himself from the rain,' and 'The police arrested members of the local hood for drug trafficking.' Phrases include 'hood ornament,' 'hood rat,' and 'hood wink.' Idioms include 'hood off,' 'in the neighborhood of,' and 'up to no good.'

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