noun, plural ho·bos, ho·boes.
- hobnail cell,
- hobnail liver,
- hobson's choice,
Origin of hobo
Examples from the Web for hobo
It is not anywhere near as good as your Hobo sketch—has not the same sparkle, buoyancy, and go.My Boyhood|John Burroughs
I had been readin' the papers, and I had seen a lot about Hobo Harry in 'em.
"The Hobo—" He fixed his eyes on my Spencer and ran along the titles while he cast his definition.Moon-Face and Other Stories|Jack London
They think only that she is Hobo Harry's wife, or sister, or sweetheart, or something like that.
The emphasis on the last word roused Hobo, who was sleeping in the next room.Peggy Raymond's Vacation|Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
noun plural -bos or -boes mainly US and Canadian
Word Origin 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).