- 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.
- to dig, scrape, weed, cultivate, etc., with a hoe.
- to use a hoe.
Origin of hoe
- Richard,1812–86, U.S. inventor and manufacturer of printing-press equipment.
- his fatherRobert,1784–1833, U.S. manufacturer of printing presses.
- a sexually promiscuous woman.
- a prostitute; whore.
- a woman.
Origin of ho3
Examples from the Web for hoe
I think that this is a very tough row to hoe, an a transformation that will take place over decades if it happens at all.What's the Use of a PhD?
February 21, 2013
In a category called "About Cleveland" it reads: "im a hoe and I sleep with anybody and anything that has a DIKK."The Texas Gang Rape Dividing a Town
March 13, 2011
And send some of the boys up here to help me hoe out a little.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Michael and Uli had to hoe the weeds in the next field near by.
They only know the ground they hoe, but not such a thing as this.
But when Sami tried to do this, the hoe was too heavy for him, and he could do nothing.
Then, as we say out West, I suppose she had a pretty hard row to hoe?In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories
- any of several kinds of long-handled hand implement equipped with a light blade and used to till the soil, eradicate weeds, etc
- to dig, scrape, weed, or till (surface soil) with or as if with a hoe
- 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!
- US Black slang a derogatory term for a woman
- head office
- British government Home Office
Word Origin and History for hoe
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.
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.
by 1999, American English slang, representing a ghetto pronunciation of whore.
- The symbol for the elementholmium
- The symbol for holmium.
Idioms and Phrases with hoe
see tough row to hoe.