or back-hoe, back hoe

[ bak-hoh ]
/ ˈbækˌhoʊ /


a hydraulic excavating machine consisting of a tractor having an attached hinged boom, with a bucket with movable jaws on the end of the boom.

Nearby words

  1. backgrounder,
  2. backhand,
  3. backhanded,
  4. backhander,
  5. backhaul,
  6. backhouse,
  7. backie,
  8. backing,
  9. backing dog,
  10. backing light

Origin of backhoe

First recorded in 1940–45; back1 + hoe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for backhoe



by 1928, from back (n. or adj.) + hoe (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper