ho

1
[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /
|

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.)

Origin of ho

1
Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300

Definition for ho (2 of 7)

ho

2
[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /

interjection

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

Origin of ho

2
1300–50; Middle English < Old French. See whoa

Definition for ho (3 of 7)

ho

3

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

3
First recorded in 1965–70; dialectal or Black English pronunciation of whore

Definition for ho (4 of 7)

Ho


Symbol, Chemistry.

Definition for ho (5 of 7)

HO

[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /

noun

(in police use) habitual offender.

Definition for ho (6 of 7)

Definition for ho (7 of 7)

H.O.


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

ho

1
/ (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)

ho

2
/ (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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Medicine definitions for ho

Ho


The symbol for the elementholmium
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Science definitions for ho (1 of 2)

Ho


The symbol for holmium.

Science definitions for ho (2 of 2)

holmium

[ hōlmē-əm ]

Ho

A soft, silvery, malleable metallic element of the lanthanide series. Its compounds are highly magnetic. It is mainly used in scientific research but has also been used to make electronic devices. Atomic number 67; atomic weight 164.930; melting point 1,461°C; boiling point 2,600°C; specific gravity 8.803; valence 3. See Periodic Table.
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