From Middle English -hed, -hede, attested from the 12th century, continuing a hypothetical Old English *-hǣdu (“-hood”), from Proto-Germanic *haidį̄ (“state, condition”), related to Proto-Germanic *haiduz (“manner, character, quality, state”). Doublet of -hood, which see.
- Used to create nouns indicating a state; -hood.
Combining form of the noun head.
- (sometimes derogatory) Used to form words for people who regularly have their mind focused upon a particular subject, activity, or a specified drug or other substance, or who are addicted in some way.
- Used to form words to describe people who are dedicated fans of something, especially music.
- (derogatory) Used with other words to form generic insults or epithets to indicate stupidity.