aff. a noun suffix denoting condition, character, etc., or a body of persons of a particular character or class:
childhood; priesthood[/ex]
Etymology: ME -hode, -hod, OE -hād, as independent n.: condition, quality, rank; c. OShēd, OHGheitstate, ONheithrhonor, Gohaidusmanner

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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