hoe

[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. hodgson's disease,
  2. hodman,
  3. hodograph,
  4. hodometer,
  5. hodoscope,
  6. hoe in,
  7. hoe into,
  8. hoe-cake,
  9. hoecake,
  10. hoedown

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hoed

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 Formshoer, nounhoelike, adjective

Word Origin for hoe

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

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Word Origin and History for hoed

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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Idioms and Phrases with hoed

hoe

see tough row to hoe.

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