hoboes

hobo

[hoh-boh]
noun, plural hobos, hoboes.
1.
a tramp or vagrant.
2.
a migratory worker.

Origin:
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]
 
'hoboism
 
n

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hobo
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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