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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.

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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
hoer, nounhoelike, adjectiveun·hoed, adjective

Definition for hoe (2 of 2)

Hoe
[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /

noun

Richard, 1812–86, U.S. inventor and manufacturer of printing-press equipment.
his father, Robert, 1784–1833, U.S. manufacturer of printing presses.
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British Dictionary definitions for hoe

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
hoer, nounhoelike, adjective
C14: via Old French houe from Germanic: compare Old High German houwā, houwan to hew, German Haue hoe
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Idioms and Phrases with hoe

hoe

see tough row to hoe.

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