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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 hoeing the hoer should be particularly careful to go quite to the roots of the weeds, and clear of the roots of the plants.
"Though all the same Tim's quite a turnip-hoer," he conceded.
Not to every man is it given to become a turnip-hoer in the truest sense of that word.
But he knew that the jealous hoer-wyfel would never allow it.The Legend of Ulenspiegel|Charles de Coster
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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