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  1. a long-handled implement having a thin, flat blade usually set transversely, used to break up the surface of the ground, destroy weeds, etc.
  2. any of various implements of similar form, as for mixing plaster or mortar.
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verb (used with object), hoed, hoe·ing.
  1. to dig, scrape, weed, cultivate, etc., with a hoe.
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verb (used without object), hoed, hoe·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsho·er, nounhoe·like, adjectiveun·hoed, adjective
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Related Words

unearth, 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

  • After you have hoed them out, give them a light top dressing of more guano.


    Solon Robinson

  • That is, hoed over again and new furrows made for the next crop.

  • The patch has to be hoed, the pie to be cooked; the one cannot do the both.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for hoed


  1. any of several kinds of long-handled hand implement equipped with a light blade and used to till the soil, eradicate weeds, etc
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verb hoes, hoeing or hoed
  1. to dig, scrape, weed, or till (surface soil) with or as if with a hoe
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Derived Formshoer, nounhoelike, adjective

Word Origin

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



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


see tough row to hoe.

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