What are the most common words with the suffix -hood?

In this post we’ll look at common words which contain the suffix –hood.

A suffix is something we add to the end of an existing word to form a new word.

In some cases, a word ending in –hood suggests a family role (motherhood, fatherhood). Other times it refers to a period of our life (childhood).

There are also some –hood words that refer to neither family nor a period of our life; neighbourhood and knighthood are two such examples.

Here are some of the most common –hood words in English:

Family-related and periods in life

  • parenthood
  • fatherhood
  • motherhood
  • adulthood
  • childhood (also boyhood and girlhood)
  • manhood, womanhood


  • neighbourhood (the area where we live)
  • likelihood (synonym for probability)
  • knighthood (the state of being a knight)
  • livelihood (the way we earn money to live)
suffix -hood childhood-2

Kids enjoying their childhood

We asked members of our Google+ Learn English community to tell us some of the –hood words they know. Here’s the post (click on the speech bubble icon to see the comments):

Do you know all the words in the list? Feel free to leave a comment below if you’d like to discuss any other –hood words.

Stuart is an English teacher and runs the Speakspeak website. He currently lives in Prague and has been teaching for over 20 years. Follow Stuart and contact him by subscribing to his monthly newsletter.

1 Comment

  1. Chris Ngomani - September 29, 2015, 6:08 am Reply

    Here are other “hood” words ….Priesthood, Spinsterhood, bachelorhood, and jailhood,

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