noun, plural hobos, hoboes.
a tramp or vagrant.
a migratory worker.

1885–90, Americanism; origin uncertain

hoboism, noun
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hobo (ˈhəʊbəʊ)
n , pl -bos, -boes
1.  a tramp; vagrant
2.  a migratory worker, esp an unskilled labourer
[C19 (US): origin unknown]

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Word Origin & History

1889, Western Amer.Eng., of unknown origin, perhaps related to early 19c. Eng. dial. hawbuck "lout, clumsy fellow, country bumpkin." Or from ho, boy, a workers' call on late 19c. western U.S. railroads. Hence facetious formation hobohemia "community or life of hobos," 1923 (see bohemian).
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Example sentences
It smells not of fresh water but of hobo urine, slaughterhouses and factories.
His rise to geek fame through his unique humor and insight into tech and hobo matters is wrought with little controversy.
They're the scourge of hobo encampments and hot-sheet motels.
As deep unemployment continued, hobo's developed their own language and routines to try to make it through until the next job.
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