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ho1

[hoh] /hoʊ/
interjection
1.
(used as a call to attract attention, sometimes specially used after a word denoting a destination):
Westward ho! Land ho!
2.
(used as an exclamation of surprise or delight.)
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English

ho2

[hoh] /hoʊ/
interjection
1.
(used as a command to a horse to stop.)
Origin
1300-50; Middle English < Old French. See whoa

HO

[hoh] /hoʊ/
noun
1.
(in police use) habitual offender.

Ho

Symbol, Chemistry
1.

H.O.

1.
Head Office; Home Office.

ho.

1.
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British Dictionary definitions for ho

ho1

/həʊ/
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, etc: what ho!, land ho!, westward ho!
Word Origin
C13: of imitative origin; compare Old Norse hó, Old French ho! halt!

ho2

/həʊ/
noun
1.
(US, Black slang) a derogatory term for a woman
Word Origin
C20: from Black or Southern US pronunciation of whore

Ho

Chemical symbol
1.
holmium

HO

abbreviation
1.
head office
2.
(Brit, government) Home Office

ho.

abbreviation
1.
house
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Word Origin and History for 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.

n.

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

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ho in Medicine

Ho
The symbol for the element holmium.

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ho in Science
Ho  
The symbol for holmium.
holmium
  (hōl'mē-əm)   
Symbol Ho
A soft, silvery, malleable metallic element of the lanthanide series. Its compounds are highly magnetic. It is mainly used in scientific research but has also been used to make electronic devices. Atomic number 67; atomic weight 164.930; melting point 1,461°C; boiling point 2,600°C; specific gravity 8.803; valence 3. See Periodic Table.
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Slang definitions & phrases for ho

ho 1

noun

A prostitute or other disreputable woman: like many of her sisters of the streets (she calls them ''hos'')/ The bar was a hangout for players and hos

[1960s+; fr Southern or black pronunciation of whore]


ho 2

Related Terms

the heave-ho, right-o


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Related Abbreviations for ho

Ho

  1. holmium
  2. Hosea

ho.

house
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