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Ghetto vs. Hood: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 2, 2023
"Ghetto refers to a segregated, impoverished area, often due to historical, social or economic circumstances; Hood is a colloquial term for a neighborhood, often implying it is impoverished or tough."

Key Differences

The terms "ghetto" and "hood" are widely recognized, each portraying areas generally characterized by economic disadvantage and social challenges. "Ghetto" traditionally denotes a section of a city in which a marginalized group is confined, often characterized by poverty and deteriorating conditions. It has a historical context, relating to the segregated Jewish quarters in European cities. Conversely, "hood" is a colloquial, often informal, term referring to a neighborhood, frequently implying it is impoverished or faces socio-economic challenges.
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Oct 02, 2023
The connotations attached to "ghetto" and "hood" can be both pejorative and insightful, revealing societal disparities and dynamics. A ghetto is usually seen as a byproduct of systemic, prolonged economic and social neglect, leading to significant deterioration in living conditions and opportunities. On the other hand, the term "hood" may imply a sense of community and local identity despite the adversities and hardships, reflecting resilience and solidarity among its residents.
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Oct 02, 2023
In terms of usage, the term "ghetto" tends to have a more formal, historical, and specific connotation, often used to describe areas that were officially set aside for specific populations, associated with involuntary segregation and isolation. The term "hood," being more informal and colloquial, may be used more casually to describe a local area or neighborhood, regardless of its socio-economic status, but it often implies a degree of toughness or roughness.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 02, 2023
In essence, while "ghetto" and "hood" both depict areas with challenges and hardships, their implications, connotations, and usages differ significantly. "Ghetto" reflects a more structured and historical segregation, often implying a lack of choice and mobility for its residents. In contrast, "hood" can imply a broader range of neighborhoods and often reflects a localized identity and sense of community, despite the prevalent hardships and challenges.
Sara Rehman
Oct 02, 2023

Comparison Chart

Definition

A part of a city, especially a slum area, occupied by a minority group or groups.
Informal: A neighborhood, often impoverished or tough.
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Connotation

Historically segregated and isolated area.
Informal, localized, and colloquial for neighborhoods.
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Usage

Formal and specific, related to areas of involuntary segregation.
Casual and can be broader, often implying toughness.
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Implication

Indicates systemic neglect and isolation.
Can imply a sense of community and resilience.
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Oct 02, 2023

Perspective

Often used to discuss historical, economic, and social conditions of marginalized groups.
More contemporary, used in everyday informal language.
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Oct 02, 2023

Ghetto and Hood Definitions

Ghetto

A place of isolation for a specific group.
The government’s policies created an economic ghetto for the immigrants.
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Oct 02, 2023
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Hood

Informal term indicating a local area or district.
People in the hood are known for their strong community ties.
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Oct 02, 2023

Ghetto

A densely populated urban area suffering from neglect.
Urban planners are working to revitalize the ghetto and improve living conditions.
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Hood

Colloquial expression, often depicting a rough or tough area.
Survival skills are a necessity when you grow up in the hood.
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Ghetto

An area with predominant minority groups.
The ghetto has a rich cultural heritage, despite its economic challenges.
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Hood

A loose pliable covering for the head and neck, often attached to a robe or jacket.
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Ghetto

A section of a city where minorities are segregated.
The historical Jewish ghetto in Venice is a somber reminder of past segregations.
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Oct 02, 2023

Hood

An ornamental draping of cloth hung from the shoulders of an academic or ecclesiastical robe.
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Ghetto

A usually poor section of a city inhabited primarily by people of the same race, religion, or social background, often because of discrimination.
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Hood

A sack placed over the head of a falcon to keep it quiet.
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Ghetto

An often walled quarter in a European city to which Jews were restricted beginning in the Middle Ages.
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Hood

A metal cover or cowl for a hearth or stove.
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Ghetto

Something that resembles the restriction or isolation of a city ghetto
"trapped in ethnic or pink-collar managerial job ghettoes" (Diane Weathers).
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Hood

A carriage top.
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Ghetto

In a manner typical or stereotypical of an impoverished urban area, as in being makeshift, garish, or crass
"I pick up the pair of very big, very ghetto, door-knocker bamboo earrings" (Meesha Mink and De'nesha Diamond). "Isn't chewing gum when accepting an award very ghetto?" (Vibe).
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Hood

The hinged metal lid over the engine of a motor vehicle.
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Ghetto

An (often walled) area of a city in which Jews are concentrated by force and law. Used particularly of areas in medieval Italy and in Nazi-controlled Europe.
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Hood

(Zoology) A colored marking or an expanded part, such as a crest, on or near the head of an animal.
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Ghetto

An (often impoverished) area of a city inhabited predominantly by members of a specific nationality, ethnicity, or race.
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Hood

A hoodlum; a thug.
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Ghetto

An area in which people who are distinguished by sharing something other than ethnicity concentrate or are concentrated.
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Hood

A rowdy or violent young person.
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Ghetto

An isolated, self-contained, segregated subsection, area or field of interest; often of minority or specialist interest.
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Hood

A neighborhood, usually in the inner city.
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Ghetto

Of or relating to a ghetto or to ghettos in general.
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Hood

Variant of hood3.
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Ghetto

Unseemly and indecorous or of low quality; cheap; shabby, crude.
My apartment's so ghetto, the rats and cockroaches filed a complaint with the city!
I like to drive ghetto cars; if they break down you can just abandon them and pick up a new one!
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Nov 14, 2022

Hood

To supply or cover with a hood.
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Ghetto

Characteristic of the style, speech, or behavior of residents of a predominantly black or other ghetto in the United States.
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Hood

A covering for the head attached to a larger garment such as a jacket or cloak.
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Ghetto

Having been raised in a ghetto in the United States.
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Hood

A distinctively coloured fold of material, representing a university degree.
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Ghetto

To confine (a specified group of people) to a ghetto.
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Hood

An enclosure that protects something, especially from above.
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Ghetto

A quarter of a city where Jews live in greatest numbers.
I went to the Ghetto, where the Jews dwell.
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Hood

Particular parts of conveyances
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Ghetto

Any section of a town inhabited predominantly by members of a specific ethnic, national or racial group, such segregation usually arising from social or economic pressure. The term is commonly applied to areas in cities having a high concentration of low-income African-Americans.
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Hood

A soft top of a convertible car or carriage.
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Ghetto

Any isolated group of people.
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Hood

The hinged cover over the engine of a motor vehicle, known as a bonnet in other countries.
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Ghetto

Any group isolated by external pressures, with an implication of inferiority.
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Hood

A cover over the engine, driving machinery or inner workings of something.
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Ghetto

Formerly the restricted quarter of many European cities in which Jews were required to live;
The Warsaw ghetto
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Hood

A metal covering that leads to a vent to suck away smoke or fumes.
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Ghetto

Any segregated mode of living or working that results from bias or stereotyping;
The relative security of the gay ghetto
No escape from the ghetto of the typing pool
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Hood

(nautical) One of the endmost planks (or, one of the ends of the planks) in a ship’s bottom at bow or stern, that fits into the rabbet. These, when fit into the rabbet, resemble a hood (covering).
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Ghetto

A poor densely populated city district occupied by a minority ethnic group linked together by economic hardship and social restrictions
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Hood

Various body parts
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Ghetto

An area characterized by poverty and poor living conditions.
He grew up in a ghetto where life was tough, but the sense of community was strong.
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Hood

(ophiology) An expansion on the sides of the neck typical for many elapids e.g. the Egyptian cobra (Naja haje) and Indian cobra (Naja naja).
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Hood

(colloquial) The osseous or cartilaginous marginal extension behind the back of many a dinosaur such as a ceratopsid and reptiles such as Chlamydosaurus kingii.
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Hood

In the human hand, over the extensor digitorum, an expansion of the extensor tendon over the metacarpophalangeal joint (the extensor hood syn. dorsal hood syn. lateral hood)
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Hood

(slang) Gangster, thug.
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Hood

Neighborhood.
What’s goin’ down in the hood?
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Hood

(UK) Person wearing a hoodie.
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Hood

To cover something with a hood.
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Hood

Relating to inner-city everyday life, both positive and negative aspects; especially people’s attachment to and love for their neighborhoods.
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Hood

State; condition.
How could thou ween, through that disguised hoodTo hide thy state from being understood?
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Hood

A covering or garment for the head or the head and shoulders, often attached to the body garment
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Hood

Anything resembling a hood in form or use
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Hood

The endmost plank of a strake which reaches the stem or stern.
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Hood

Same as hoodlum.
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Hood

Same as neighborhood.
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Hood

To cover with a hood; to furnish with a hood or hood-shaped appendage.
The friar hooded, and the monarch crowned.
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Hood

To cover; to hide; to blind.
While grace is saying, I'll hood mine eyesThus with my hat, and sigh and say, "Amen."
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Hood

An aggressive and violent young criminal
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Hood

Metal covering leading to a vent that exhausts smoke or fumes
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Hood

The folding roof of a carriage
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Hood

A headdress that protects the head and face
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Hood

Protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine;
There are powerful engines under the hoods of new cars
The mechanic removed the cowling in order to repair the plane's engine
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Hood

Cover with a hood;
The bandits were hooded
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Hood

Slang for a neighborhood, often implying it’s impoverished.
He never forgot his roots, always remembering the hood he came from.
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Hood

A term expressing a sense of belonging to a specific area.
The unity in the hood is admirable, with neighbors supporting each other.
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Oct 02, 2023

Hood

Informal; a place characterized by specific conditions or features.
Despite its challenges, the hood is where his heart belongs.
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FAQs

What is a "Ghetto"?

A "Ghetto" refers to a part of a city, especially a slum area, occupied by a minority group or groups, often as a result of economic, social, or legal pressure.
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 02, 2023

Does "Ghetto" imply racial or ethnic segregation?

It often does, especially given its historical usage to describe segregated Jewish areas in European cities.
Harlon Moss
Oct 02, 2023

Does "Ghetto" have synonyms?

Yes, synonyms include slum, shantytown, and impoverish area.
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Oct 02, 2023

Can "Ghetto" be used in formal writing?

It's generally recommended to use more neutral and specific terms like "low-income community" in formal writing.
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Is "Ghetto" a derogatory term?

Yes, the term can be derogatory and stigmatizing, often implying inferiority, poverty, and neglect.
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Oct 02, 2023

Does "Ghetto" have an origin?

The term originated from Italian "ghetto," referring to the area in Venice where Jews were compelled to live.
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Oct 02, 2023

Can "Ghetto" be used as an adjective?

Yes, but it is often considered disrespectful and can reinforce harmful stereotypes.
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Oct 02, 2023

Is "Ghetto" a noun?

Yes, it is primarily a noun, but it is often used informally as an adjective.
Sara Rehman
Oct 02, 2023

What does "Hood" mean in informal slang?

"Hood" is slang for neighborhood, often referring to a lower-income, urban area.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 02, 2023

Does "Hood" only refer to impoverished areas?

While often associated with impoverished areas, it can also simply refer to a neighborhood without implying economic status.
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Oct 02, 2023

Can "Hood" be used in a positive way?

Yes, it can be used positively or neutrally to refer to one’s community or origin, depending on context and intent.
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Oct 02, 2023

Can "Ghetto" be plural?

Yes, "ghettos" is the plural form.
Sara Rehman
Oct 02, 2023

Is “Hood” universally understood in English-speaking countries?

It’s widely recognized, but its understanding and connotation can vary, depending on regional and cultural differences.
Sara Rehman
Oct 02, 2023

Should one be cautious when using the word "Ghetto"?

Absolutely, due to its negative and stereotypical connotations, it’s crucial to be mindful and respectful when referring to marginalized communities.
Sara Rehman
Oct 02, 2023

Is it important to be cautious when using the word “Hood”?

Yes, it’s essential to consider the potential implications and avoid perpetuating harmful stereotypes about socio-economic conditions and crime.
Harlon Moss
Oct 02, 2023

Is "Hood" used in formal writing?

Typically, it is avoided in formal writing, where "neighborhood" or other specific terms are preferred.
Harlon Moss
Oct 02, 2023

Is "Hood" considered derogatory?

It can be, depending on the context, as it might perpetuate stereotypes associated with poverty and crime.
Harlon Moss
Oct 02, 2023

Can "Hood" be used as a synonym for "Ghetto"?

They can be synonymous in informal language, both implying a neglected or impoverished area, but usage should be cautious and context-dependent.
Janet White
Oct 02, 2023

What is the origin of "Hood" as slang?

"Hood" as slang is derived from "neighborhood," and it has been shortened in informal language, particularly in African American Vernacular English (AAVE).
Sawaira Riaz
Oct 02, 2023

Can "Hood" be used as a noun and an adjective?

"Hood" is primarily a noun, but it can informally act as an adjective, as in "hood life."
Harlon Moss
Oct 02, 2023
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