- 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 hosen
He hath been in here to consult us as to his patches, hosen, and I know not what beside.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
These (with hosen and fan (faes)) are the only plurals in n preserved in Northern English.The Bruce
Drawers was hose, or hosen,now applied to the lining for trousers.A Dictionary of Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words
A London Antiquary
Down the hill they come in hosen and their saddles are but light, And loose their girths.The Lay of the Cid
R. Selden Rose
I met the young damsel yesterday, and I think she wore no hosen.Maid Sally
Harriet A. Cheever
- 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 hosen
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.