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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
OTHER WORDS FROM hoehoer, nounhoelike, adjectiveun·hoed, adjective
Other definitions for hoe (2 of 2)
[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /
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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How to use hoe in a sentence
In a short time the plants may be hoed for the third and last time (as a fourth hoeing is but rarely necessary).
If he has taken the seed, worn out the oxen, from the seed which he has hoed he shall restore.The Oldest Code of Laws in the World|Hammurabi, King of Babylon
One day last week he hoed up two whole rows of beets; he thought they were weeds.
Elliott hoed briskly, if a bit awkwardly, and painstakingly removed every weed.
The plants grew rapidly, the ground between them being occasionally hoed, and kept free from weeds.Out on the Pampas|G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for hoe
/ (həʊ) /
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 of hoehoer, 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with hoe
see tough row to hoe.
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