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noun
  1. a long-handled implement having a thin, flat blade usually set transversely, used to break up the surface of the ground, destroy weeds, etc.
  2. any of various implements of similar form, as for mixing plaster or mortar.
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verb (used with object), hoed, hoe·ing.
  1. to dig, scrape, weed, cultivate, etc., with a hoe.
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verb (used without object), hoed, hoe·ing.
  1. to use a hoe.
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Origin of hoe

1325–75; Middle English howe < Old French houe < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch houwe, Old High German houwa mattock; akin to hew
Related formsho·er, nounhoe·like, adjectiveun·hoed, adjective

Hoe

[hoh]
noun
  1. Richard,1812–86, U.S. inventor and manufacturer of printing-press equipment.
  2. his fatherRobert,1784–1833, U.S. manufacturer of printing presses.
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ho3

or hoe

[hoh]
noun, plural hos, hoes, ho's. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a sexually promiscuous woman.
  2. a prostitute; whore.
  3. a woman.
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Origin of ho3

First recorded in 1965–70; dialectal or Black English pronunciation of whore
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British Dictionary definitions for hoe

hoe

noun
  1. any of several kinds of long-handled hand implement equipped with a light blade and used to till the soil, eradicate weeds, etc
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verb hoes, hoeing or hoed
  1. to dig, scrape, weed, or till (surface soil) with or as if with a hoe
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Derived Formshoer, nounhoelike, adjective

Word Origin

C14: via Old French houe from Germanic: compare Old High German houwā, houwan to hew, German Haue hoe

ho1

interjection
  1. Also: ho-ho an imitation or representation of the sound of a deep laugh
  2. an exclamation used to attract attention, announce a destination, etcwhat ho!; land ho!; westward ho!
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Word Origin

C13: of imitative origin; compare Old Norse hó, Old French ho! halt!

ho2

noun
  1. US Black slang a derogatory term for a woman
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Word Origin

C20: from Black or Southern US pronunciation of whore

Ho

the chemical symbol for
  1. holmium
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HO

H.O.

abbreviation for
  1. head office
  2. British government Home Office
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Word Origin and History for hoe

n.

mid-14c., from Old French houe (12c.), from Frankish *hauwa, from Proto-Germanic *hawwan (cf. Old High German houwa "hoe, mattock, pick-axe," German Haue), from PIE *kau- "to hew, strike" (see hew). The verb is first recorded early 15c. Related: Hoed; hoeing.

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ho

interj.

exclamation of surprise, etc., c.1300; as an exclamation calling attention or demanding silence, late 14c. Used after the name of a place to which attention is called (cf. Westward-Ho) it dates from 1590s, originally a cry of boatmen, etc., announcing departures for a particular destination. Ho-ho-ho expressing laughter is recorded from mid-12c.

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ho

n.

by 1999, American English slang, representing a ghetto pronunciation of whore.

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hoe in Medicine

Ho

  1. The symbol for the elementholmium

hoe in Science

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