a suffix forming abstract nouns,
e. g. bisceop-, cild-, man-, wer-hid, etc. In the oldest English it is found combined only with nouns, while in the later stages of the language, as in O. Sax. O. Frs. O. H. Ger.
words are formed with it from adjectives. An early instance occurs in the Land MS. of the Chronicle 'druncenhed,' 1070; Erl. 209, 35. In later English it takes two forms, -hode, -hede; in modern times, -hood, -head. [O. Sax.
héd : O. Frs.
-héd,-héde, -heid : O. H. Ger.
-heit, -heiti : Ger.
-heit : Dan.
-hed.] v. hád