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ho1

[hoh]
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interjection
  1. (used as a call to attract attention, sometimes specially used after a word denoting a destination): Westward ho! Land ho!
  2. (used as an exclamation of surprise or delight.)
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Origin of ho1

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300

ho2

[hoh]
interjection
  1. (used as a command to a horse to stop.)
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Origin of ho2

1300–50; Middle English < Old French. See whoa

ho3

or hoe

[hoh]
noun, plural hos, hoes, ho's. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a sexually promiscuous woman.
  2. a prostitute; whore.
  3. a woman.
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Origin of ho3

First recorded in 1965–70; dialectal or Black English pronunciation of whore

Ho

Symbol, Chemistry.
  1. holmium.
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HO

[hoh]
noun
  1. (in police use) habitual offender.
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ho.

  1. house.
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H.O.

  1. Head Office; Home Office.
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Examples from the Web for ho

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Historical Examples

  • The night now was very dark, "with hey, ho, the wind and the rain!"

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • It isn't only what Baumberger thinks—I don't know as ho's got anything to say about it—it's what I think.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • If he had not said please he should have ho'd and hullo'd in vain, but at that word I turned.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • Ho Sian Gu has a spoon, usually formed in the shape of a lotus-flower.

  • Ho what a cutting thing it is, and yet what sweet sensations is awoke within me!'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for ho

ho1

interjection
  1. Also: ho-ho an imitation or representation of the sound of a deep laugh
  2. an exclamation used to attract attention, announce a destination, etcwhat ho!; land ho!; westward ho!
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Word Origin

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

ho2

noun
  1. US Black slang a derogatory term for a woman
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Word Origin

C20: from Black or Southern US pronunciation of whore

Ho

the chemical symbol for
  1. holmium
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HO

H.O.

abbreviation for
  1. head office
  2. British government Home Office
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ho.

abbreviation for
  1. house
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Word Origin and History for ho

interj.

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.

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n.

by 1999, American English slang, representing a ghetto pronunciation of whore.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ho in Medicine

Ho

  1. The symbol for the elementholmium

ho in Science

Ho

holmium

[hōlmē-əm]
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