- a long-handled implement having a thin, flat blade usually set transversely, used to break up the surface of the ground, destroy weeds, etc.
- any of various implements of similar form, as for mixing plaster or mortar.
- to dig, scrape, weed, cultivate, etc., with a hoe.
- to use a hoe.
Origin of hoe
- Richard,1812–86, U.S. inventor and manufacturer of printing-press equipment.
- his fatherRobert,1784–1833, U.S. manufacturer of printing presses.
- a sexually promiscuous woman.
- a prostitute; whore.
- a woman.
Origin of ho3
Examples from the Web for hoe
I think that this is a very tough row to hoe, an a transformation that will take place over decades if it happens at all.What's the Use of a PhD?
February 21, 2013
In a category called "About Cleveland" it reads: "im a hoe and I sleep with anybody and anything that has a DIKK."The Texas Gang Rape Dividing a Town
March 13, 2011
And send some of the boys up here to help me hoe out a little.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Michael and Uli had to hoe the weeds in the next field near by.
But when Sami tried to do this, the hoe was too heavy for him, and he could do nothing.
They only know the ground they hoe, but not such a thing as this.
Then, as we say out West, I suppose she had a pretty hard row to hoe?In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
- any of several kinds of long-handled hand implement equipped with a light blade and used to till the soil, eradicate weeds, etc
- to dig, scrape, weed, or till (surface soil) with or as if with a hoe
- Also: ho-ho an imitation or representation of the sound of a deep laugh
- an exclamation used to attract attention, announce a destination, etcwhat ho!; land ho!; westward ho!
- US Black slang a derogatory term for a woman
- head office
- British government Home Office
Word Origin and History for hoe
mid-14c., from Old French houe (12c.), from Frankish *hauwa, from Proto-Germanic *hawwan (cf. Old High German houwa "hoe, mattock, pick-axe," German Haue), from PIE *kau- "to hew, strike" (see hew). The verb is first recorded early 15c. Related: Hoed; hoeing.
exclamation of surprise, etc., c.1300; as an exclamation calling attention or demanding silence, late 14c. Used after the name of a place to which attention is called (cf. Westward-Ho) it dates from 1590s, originally a cry of boatmen, etc., announcing departures for a particular destination. Ho-ho-ho expressing laughter is recorded from mid-12c.
by 1999, American English slang, representing a ghetto pronunciation of whore.
- The symbol for the elementholmium
- The symbol for holmium.
Idioms and Phrases with hoe
see tough row to hoe.