EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of hoe 1325–75; Middle English howe
Old French houe
Middle Dutch houwe, Old High German houwa
mattock; akin to
hew Related forms ho·er, noun hoe·like, adjective un·hoed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hoers Historical Examples of hoers
You agree there is some show of reason for letting in these gangs of
hoers stop work only long enough to eat their poor fare standing,—and poor fare indeed it is.
Those who have seen our turnip fields in early summer, with the
hoers at their work, will understand our reference.
The intermission of labor was one hour and a half to
hoers and pickers, and two hours to the ploughmen. British Dictionary definitions for hoers 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 Derived Forms hoer, noun hoelike, 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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Word Origin and History for hoers n.
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 hoers
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