hoe

[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /

noun

a long-handled implement having a thin, flat blade usually set transversely, used to break up the surface of the ground, destroy weeds, etc.
any of various implements of similar form, as for mixing plaster or mortar.

verb (used with object), hoed, hoe·ing.

to dig, scrape, weed, cultivate, etc., with a hoe.

verb (used without object), hoed, hoe·ing.

to use a hoe.

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 forms

ho·er, nounhoe·like, adjectiveun·hoed, adjective

Definition for hoe (2 of 3)

Hoe

[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /

noun

Richard,1812–86, U.S. inventor and manufacturer of printing-press equipment.
his fatherRobert,1784–1833, U.S. manufacturer of printing presses.

Definition for hoe (3 of 3)

ho

3

or hoe

[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /

noun, plural hos, hoes, ho's. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.

a sexually promiscuous woman.
a prostitute; whore.
a woman.

Origin of ho

3
First recorded in 1965–70; dialectal or Black English pronunciation of whore
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British Dictionary definitions for hoe (1 of 5)

hoe

/ (həʊ) /

noun

any of several kinds of long-handled hand implement equipped with a light blade and used to till the soil, eradicate weeds, etc

verb hoes, hoeing or hoed

to dig, scrape, weed, or till (surface soil) with or as if with a hoe

Derived Forms

hoer, nounhoelike, adjective

Word Origin for hoe

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

British Dictionary definitions for hoe (2 of 5)

ho

1
/ (həʊ) /

interjection

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

Word Origin for ho

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

British Dictionary definitions for hoe (3 of 5)

ho

2
/ (həʊ) /

noun

US Black slang a derogatory term for a woman

Word Origin for ho

C20: from Black or Southern US pronunciation of whore

British Dictionary definitions for hoe (4 of 5)

Ho


the chemical symbol for

holmium

British Dictionary definitions for hoe (5 of 5)

HO

H.O.


abbreviation for

head office
British government Home Office
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Medicine definitions for hoe

Ho


The symbol for the elementholmium
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Science definitions for hoe

Ho


The symbol for holmium.
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Idioms and Phrases with hoe

hoe


see tough row to hoe.

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