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hoe

[hoh]
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noun
  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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Examples from the Web for hoers

Historical Examples

  • You agree there is some show of reason for letting in these gangs of hoers?

    The Economist

    Xenophon

  • 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

    John Brown

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for hoers

hoe

noun
  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 hoers

hoe

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hoers

hoe

see tough row to hoe.

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