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ho

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[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /
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interjection
(used as a call to attract attention, sometimes specially used after a word denoting a destination): Westward ho! Land ho!
(used as an exclamation of surprise or delight.)
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Origin of ho

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English; a natural exclamation

Other definitions for ho (2 of 7)

ho2
[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /

interjection
(used as a command to a horse to stop.)

Origin of ho

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English ho, who, from Old French ho, and Old Norse hō; see also whoa

Other definitions for ho (3 of 7)

ho3

or hoe

[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /

noun, plural hos, hoes, ho's.Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a sexually promiscuous woman.
a prostitute; whore.
a woman.

Origin of ho

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First recorded in 1965–70; dialectal or African American Vernacular English pronunciation of whore

Other definitions for ho (4 of 7)

Ho

Symbol, Chemistry.
holmium.

Other definitions for ho (5 of 7)

HO
[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /

noun
(in police use) habitual offender.

Other definitions for ho (6 of 7)

ho.

abbreviation
house.

Other definitions for ho (7 of 7)

H.O.

abbreviation
Head Office; Home Office.
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British Dictionary definitions for ho (1 of 5)

ho1
/ (həʊ) /

interjection
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!

Word Origin for ho

C13: of imitative origin; compare Old Norse hó, Old French ho! halt!

British Dictionary definitions for ho (2 of 5)

ho2
/ (həʊ) /

noun
US Black slang a derogatory term for a woman

Word Origin for ho

C20: from Black or Southern US pronunciation of whore

British Dictionary definitions for ho (3 of 5)

Ho

the chemical symbol for
holmium

British Dictionary definitions for ho (4 of 5)

HO

H.O.


abbreviation for
head office
British government Home Office

British Dictionary definitions for ho (5 of 5)

ho.

abbreviation for
house
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Medical definitions for ho

Ho

The symbol for the elementholmium
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Scientific definitions for ho

Ho

The symbol for holmium.
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