- 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.
- to dig, scrape, weed, cultivate, etc., with a hoe.
- to use a hoe.
Origin of hoe
Examples from the Web for hoers
You agree there is some show of reason for letting in these gangs of hoers?The Economist
The hoers stop work only long enough to eat their poor fare standing,—and poor fare indeed it is.Step by Step
The American Tract Society
Those who have seen our turnip fields in early summer, with the hoers at their work, will understand our reference.Spare Hours
The intermission of labor was one hour and a half to hoers and pickers, and two hours to the ploughmen.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus
American Anti-Slavery Society
- any of several kinds of long-handled hand implement equipped with a light blade and used to till the soil, eradicate weeds, etc
- to dig, scrape, weed, or till (surface soil) with or as if with a hoe
Word Origin and History for hoers
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.
Idioms and Phrases with hoers
see tough row to hoe.