From Old English -hād, from Proto-Germanic *haiduz, via Middle English -hode (compare -head). Cognate with German -heit, Dutch -heid, Swedish -het, Norwegian -het/-heit, Danish -hed. The Swedish, Norwegian and Danish endings are borrowed from West Germanic.
- A condition or state of being the thing or being in the role denoted by the word it is suffixed to, usually a noun.
- child - childhood
- A group sharing a specified condition or state.
- brother - brotherhood
- neighbor - neighborhood
- -head (obsolete)