- a flexible tube for conveying a liquid, as water, to a desired point: a garden hose; a fire hose.
- (used with a plural verb) an article of clothing for the foot and lower part of the leg; stocking or sock.
- (of men's attire in former times)
- an article of clothing for the leg, extending from about the knee to the ankle and worn with knee breeches.
- (used with a plural verb)knee breeches.
- (used with a plural verb)tights, as were worn with, and usually attached to, a doublet.
- British Dialect. a sheath, or sheathing part, as that enclosing a kernel of grain.
- Golf. hosel.
- to water, wash, spray, or drench by means of a hose (often followed by down): to hose the garden; to hose down the ship's deck.
- to cheat, trick, or take advantage of.
- to defeat decisively.
- to reject.
- Chiefly Military.to attack or assault (an area) in order to gain control quickly (sometimes followed by down).
Origin of hose
Examples from the Web for hosed
Detainees were hosed down while shackled naked, and placed in rooms with temperatures as low as 59 degrees Fahrenheit.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
Some of us even had on our rain coats because we knew that we were going to be hosed down by the water hoses.How the Children of Birmingham Changed the Civil-Rights Movement
Lottie L. Joiner
May 2, 2013
But given how deeply we'll be hosed if it doesn't, we should probably start thinking about some contingency plans, just in case.Don't Have Enough to Worry About? Here's One More Thing: Low Growth May be Here to Stay.
March 4, 2013
Well, they've hosed the place out; that's as much as can be expected, I suppose.The Ebb-Tide
Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
I stood before him, ashamed yet glad, hosed and doubleted like a boy, in the Summer Pavilion.Joan of the Sword Hand
S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
And the front porch has to be hosed off for Sunday; never mind the neighbors until my work's finished, son.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
- a flexible pipe, for conveying a liquid or gas
- (sometimes foll by down) to wash, water, or sprinkle (a person or thing) with or as if with a hose
- stockings, socks, and tights collectively
- history a man's garment covering the legs and reaching up to the waist; worn with a doublet
- half-hose socks
Word Origin and History for hosed
late Old English, hosa "covering for the leg," from Proto-Germanic *husan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse hosa, Middle High German hose "covering for the leg," German Hose "trousers"), literally "covering," from PIE *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). Old French hose, Old Spanish huesa are of Germanic origin. Sense of "flexible rubber tube for liquid" is first attested late 15c.
c.1300, "to furnish with stockings," from hose (n.). Meaning "to water down with a hose" is from 1889. Related: Hosed; hosing.