hoe

[ hoh ]
/ hoʊ /

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.

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 hoe

ho·er, nounhoe·like, adjectiveun·hoed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for hoers

  • Those who have seen our turnip fields in early summer, with the hoers at their work, will understand our reference.

    Spare Hours|John Brown
  • 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
  • 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
  • You agree there is some show of reason for letting in these gangs of hoers?

    The Economist|Xenophon

British Dictionary definitions for hoers

hoe
/ (həʊ) /

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 of hoe

hoer, 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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Idioms and Phrases with hoers

hoe

see tough row to hoe.

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