[ hohz ]
/ hoʊz /
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noun, plural hose for 2, 3; hos·es for 1, 4, 5; (Archaic) hos·en [hoh-zuhn]. /ˈhoʊ zən/.
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.
verb (used with object), hosed, hos·ing.
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).
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Origin of hose
before 1100; (noun) Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch hoos,Old Norse hosa,German Hose; (v.) Middle English: to provide with hose, derivative of the noun
OTHER WORDS FROM hosehoseless, adjectivehoselike, adjectiveun·hosed, adjective
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How to use hose in a sentence
Hosen, shirts, cyclas, and under-jupons are in the brown basket on the left side of the mule.The White Company|Arthur Conan Doyle
And when he had unarmed himself he took off all his clothes saving only his hosen and his doublet.The Story of the Champions of the Round Table|Howard Pyle
It could not by chance be the fault of thy own baby arms more fit to draw on thy hosen than to dress a warbow.Sir Nigel|Arthur Conan Doyle
Dolly's best gowns came out of lavender, and Morgan set the tailor busy upon new doublet and hosen.Sea-Dogs All!|Tom Bevan
When did ye begin to dander in pink hosen, Mistress Elliott?The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for hose (1 of 2)
/ (həʊz) /
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
Word Origin for hose
C15: later use of hose ²
British Dictionary definitions for hose (2 of 2)
/ (həʊz) /
noun plural hose or hosen
stockings, socks, and tights collectively
history a man's garment covering the legs and reaching up to the waist; worn with a doublet
Word Origin for hose
Old English hosa; related to Old High German hosa, Dutch hoos, Old Norse hosa
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