This page is about the slang term hood (2)
Meaning: a criminal, a member of a criminal gang
- She loves watching those old black and white movies from the 40's and 50's full of cops and private eyes and gangsters and hoods.
- Sometimes movie directors would employ real-life hoods to play bit parts in their gangster films.
This is fairly dated slang now, but it was very popular from the 30's to the 60's. A hood was often regarded as of lower status than a gangster. While a hood would probably wear street clothes, a gangster would probably wear a suit and tie.
Origin: short for "hoodlum"; first appeared in American English in the 1930's
Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
Jimmy says his grandpa was a hood back in the 40's and 50's. He'd tell Jimmy stories about his life as
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Contributor: Matt Errey