- a tramp or vagrant.
- a migratory worker.
Origin of hobo
Examples from the Web for hobo
The point is that not one of the eight was really Hobo Harry.
I had been readin' the papers, and I had seen a lot about Hobo Harry in 'em.
They think only that she is Hobo Harry's wife, or sister, or sweetheart, or something like that.
Hobo miners, the most expert of their craft, and begging their grub on the trail!Silver and Gold
Hobo keenly felt the responsibility of the family he had adopted.Peggy Raymond's Vacation
Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
- a tramp; vagrant
- a migratory worker, esp an unskilled labourer
Word Origin and History for hobo
1889, Western U.S., of unknown origin. Barnhart compares early 19c. English dialectal hawbuck "lout, clumsy fellow, country bumpkin." Or possibly from ho, boy, a workers' call on late 19c. western U.S. railroads. Facetious formation hobohemia, "community or life of hobos," is from 1923 (see bohemian).