-hood
noun suffix Etymology: Middle English -hod, from Old English -hād; akin to Old High German -heit state, Gothic haidus way, manner 1. state ; condition ; quality ; character <
widowerhood
>
<
hardihood
>
2. time ; period <
childhood
>
3. instance of a (specified) state or quality <
falsehood
>
4. individuals sharing a (specified) state or character <
brotherhood
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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