- 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
Related Words for hoedunearth, search, shovel, drill, dredge, discover, penetrate, exhume, bulldoze, scoop, sift, burrow, clean, enter, uncover, bore, gouge, harvest, excavate, plow
Examples from the Web for hoed
Historical Examples of hoed
After you have hoed them out, give them a light top dressing of more guano.Guano
That is, hoed over again and new furrows made for the next crop.Letters from Port Royal
The patch has to be hoed, the pie to be cooked; the one cannot do the both.The Angel and the Author - and Others
Jerome K. Jerome
But, jubilate, I have got my garden all hoed the first time!
I remembered the extensive garden that would have to be hoed in July.Dwellers in Arcady
Albert Bigelow Paine
- 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
Word Origin 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.
see tough row to hoe.