- 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
- a sexually promiscuous woman.
- a prostitute; whore.
- a woman.
Origin of ho3
Examples from the Web for hoes
Hoes, rakes, and claw-hand weeders should be used in cleaning up and cultivating the plots.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study
Ontario Ministry of Education
Hoes of various types are useful when the plants become somewhat larger or when one does not have the wheel cultivators.
Hoes and shovels were flat bones fastened to wooden handles, and brooms were bunches of brush bound together.North Dakota
Hoes should be of several patterns if the most efficient work is to be done in the garden.The Practical Garden-Book
C. E. Hunn
Hoes and rakes are also used, but the angle of the handle is much too acute.
- 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
- 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 hoes
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.
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.
by 1999, American English slang, representing a ghetto pronunciation of whore.
- The symbol for the elementholmium
- The symbol for holmium.
Idioms and Phrases with hoes
see tough row to hoe.