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hoe

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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

ho

3

or hoe

[hoh]
noun, plural hos, hoes, ho's. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a sexually promiscuous woman.
  2. a prostitute; whore.
  3. a woman.
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Origin of ho

3
First recorded in 1965–70; dialectal or Black English pronunciation of whore
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Related Words for hoes

unearth, search, shovel, drill, dredge, discover, penetrate, exhume, bulldoze, scoop, sift, burrow, clean, enter, uncover, bore, gouge, harvest, excavate, plow

Examples from the Web for hoes

Historical Examples of hoes

  • Hoes, rakes, and claw-hand weeders should be used in cleaning up and cultivating the plots.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study

    Ontario Ministry of Education

  • Hoes of various types are useful when the plants become somewhat larger or when one does not have the wheel cultivators.

  • Hoes and shovels were flat bones fastened to wooden handles, and brooms were bunches of brush bound together.

  • Hoes should be of several patterns if the most efficient work is to be done in the garden.

  • Hoes and rakes are also used, but the angle of the handle is much too acute.


British Dictionary definitions for hoes

ho

1
interjection
  1. Also: ho-ho an imitation or representation of the sound of a deep laugh
  2. an exclamation used to attract attention, announce a destination, etcwhat ho!; land ho!; westward ho!
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Word Origin for ho

C13: of imitative origin; compare Old Norse hó, Old French ho! halt!

ho

2
noun
  1. US Black slang a derogatory term for a woman
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Word Origin for ho

C20: from Black or Southern US pronunciation of whore

Ho

the chemical symbol for
  1. holmium
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HO

H.O.

abbreviation for
  1. head office
  2. British government Home Office
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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 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 hoes

ho

interj.

exclamation of surprise, etc., c.1300; as an exclamation calling attention or demanding silence, late 14c. Used after the name of a place to which attention is called (cf. Westward-Ho) it dates from 1590s, originally a cry of boatmen, etc., announcing departures for a particular destination. Ho-ho-ho expressing laughter is recorded from mid-12c.

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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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ho

n.

by 1999, American English slang, representing a ghetto pronunciation of whore.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hoes in Medicine

Ho

  1. The symbol for the elementholmium
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hoes in Science

Ho

  1. The symbol for holmium.
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Idioms and Phrases with hoes

hoe

see tough row to hoe.

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