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
- 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)
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.