hobo

[ hoh-boh ]
/ ˈhoʊ boʊ /

noun, plural ho·bos, ho·boes.

a tramp or vagrant.
a migratory worker.

Origin of hobo

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; origin uncertain

Related forms

ho·bo·ism, noun
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hobo

/ (ˈhəʊbəʊ) /

noun plural -bos or -boes mainly US and Canadian

a tramp; vagrant
a migratory worker, esp an unskilled labourer

Derived Forms

hoboism, noun

Word Origin for hobo

C19 (US): origin unknown
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