-head

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English -hed, -hede, attested from the 12th century, continuing a hypothetical Old English *-hǣde (-hood), from Proto-Germanic *haidį̄ (state, condition), related to Proto-Germanic *haiduz (manner, character, quality, state) (cognate with German -heit, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌹𐌳𐌿𐍃 (haidus)). Originally restricted to adjectives, the suffix began to be attached to nouns as well from at least the 15th century, leading to confusion with the -hood suffix (Old English -hād), and finally to the wide replacement of -head by -hood even in adjectives.

Suffix[edit]

-head

  1. Used to create nouns indicating a state, similar to the suffix -hood.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Combining form of the noun head.

Suffix[edit]

-head

  1. Used to form (usually derogatory) words for people who regularly use a specified drug or other substance, or who are addicted in some way.
  2. Used to form words to describe people who are fans of something, especially music.
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