- 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
Examples from the Web for hoeing
Of this wood the natives make their crooked spades for hoeing their fields.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
He'd take him back, and put him to hoeing and digging, and "see if he'd step about so smart."
Though it prevents my hoeing them, it is of far more worth than my hoeing.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
After the first hoeing, throw a handful of ashes on each plant.Guano
When the old people returned from hoeing and called their child, there was no child to be found.Roumanian Fairy Tales
- 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
Word Origin and History for hoeing
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.
Idioms and Phrases with hoeing
see tough row to hoe.