I had been readin' the papers, and I had seen a lot about hobo Harry in 'em.
They think only that she is hobo Harry's wife, or sister, or sweetheart, or something like that.
hobo stretched himself upon the folded rug with a groan startlingly human.
hobo miners, the most expert of their craft, and begging their grub on the trail!
The emphasis on the last word roused hobo, who was sleeping in the next room.
hobo growled softly, the hair on his neck bristling and giving him a peculiarly savage appearance.
hobo keenly felt the responsibility of the family he had adopted.
Down-stairs the girls looked at one another aghast, and hobo whined uneasily, as if asking permission to interfere.
Then as hobo took his stand where he could view proceedings, the boy turned abruptly to Peggy.
hobo, too, made his appearance, and he alone of the company gave no sign of mental disturbance.
1889, Western U.S., of unknown origin. Barnhart compares early 19c. English dialectal hawbuck "lout, clumsy fellow, country bumpkin." Or possibly from ho, boy, a workers' call on late 19c. western U.S. railroads. Facetious formation hobohemia, "community or life of hobos," is from 1923 (see bohemian).
A person who wanders from place to place, typically by riding on freight trains, and who may occasionally work but more often cadges sustenance •The hobo is sometimes distinguished from bums and tramps by the fact that he works
[1889+; origin unknown; perhaps fr the call ''Ho, boy,'' used on late 1800s Western railroads by mail carriers, then altered and transferred to vagrants; perhaps putative hoe-boy, a migrant farm worker in the West, who became a hobo after the harvest season]