Meaning: a criminal, a member of a criminal gang
- She loves watching those old black and white movies from the 40’s and 50’s full of cops and private eyes and gangsters and hoods.
- Sometimes movie directors would employ real-life hoods to play bit parts in their gangster films.
Note: This is fairly dated slang now, but it was very popular from the 30’s to the 60’s. A hood was often regarded as of lower status than a gangster. While a hood would probably wear street clothes, a gangster would probably wear a suit and tie.
Origin: short for “hoodlum”; first appeared in American English in the 1930’s
Variety: This slang is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.