From Middle Dutch hovet, hooft, from Old Dutch hōvit, from Proto-Germanic *haubudą, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kauput-, *kaput-. Compare Low German Höft, German Haupt, West Frisian haed, English head, Danish hoved.
hoofd n (plural hoofden, diminutive hoofdje n)
- (anatomy) head – of the body
- head (of an organisation), chief, boss
- a breakwater, jetty or pier at the entrance of a sea harbour
These are derived terms from the meaning "the head of a body". The prefix "hoofd-" means "main, head, chief", so words derived from that meaning are listed on hoofd-.