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hood (1) American English

Meaning: a neighbourhood, especially in a poor, urban area

For example:

  • Jerome often goes back to the hood to see his family and hang out with old friends.

  • A lot of rap artists tell stories about life in the hood.

Origin: short for "neighbourhood"; first appeared in Black American English in the 1970's

Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

If a rap album is called "Livin' in the Hood", it's probably about
  1. life in a big-city neighbourhood
  2. the life of a car mechanic
  3. the fashion of wearing jackets with hoods

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