[ hoh-boh ]
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noun,plural ho·bos, ho·boes.
  1. a tramp or vagrant.

  2. a migratory worker.

Origin of hobo

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; origin uncertain

Other words from hobo

  • ho·bo·ism, noun

Words Nearby hobo

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How to use hobo in a sentence

  • hobo growled softly, the hair on his neck bristling and giving him a peculiarly savage appearance.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation | Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • She marched out into the kitchen, hobo following, and as she reached the door, the knocking began for the third time.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation | Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • hobo stretched himself upon the folded rug with a groan startlingly human.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation | Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • The "hobo" is that part of a prison where the minor offenders are confined together in a large iron cage.

    The Road | Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for hobo


/ (ˈhəʊbəʊ) /

nounplural -bos or -boes mainly US and Canadian
  1. a tramp; vagrant

  2. a migratory worker, esp an unskilled labourer

Origin of hobo

C19 (US): origin unknown

Derived forms of hobo

  • hoboism, noun

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