-hood (?). [OE. hod, had, hed, hede, etc., person, rank, order, condition, AS. had; akin to OS. hxc7;d, OHG. heit, G. -heit, D. -heid, Goth. haidus manner; cf. Skr. kxc7;tu brightness, cit to appear, be noticeable, notice. &root;217. Cf. -head.]
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.
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