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[hoh] /hoʊ/
a long-handled implement having a thin, flat blade usually set transversely, used to break up the surface of the ground, destroy weeds, etc.
any of various implements of similar form, as for mixing plaster or mortar.
verb (used with object), hoed, hoeing.
to dig, scrape, weed, cultivate, etc., with a hoe.
verb (used without object), hoed, hoeing.
to use a hoe.
Origin of hoe
1325-75; Middle English howe < Old French houe < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch houwe, Old High German houwa mattock; akin to hew
Related forms
hoer, noun
hoelike, adjective
unhoed, adjective


[hoh] /hoʊ/
Richard, 1812–86, U.S. inventor and manufacturer of printing-press equipment.
his father, Robert, 1784–1833, U.S. manufacturer of printing presses. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hoe
  • They don't need much more than a pointy stick or a simple hoe to feed themselves.
  • The operation required a wheelbarrow, a shovel, a hoe and a broom.
  • It's a tough row to hoe.
  • Many owners of shovels, hoes and other digging tools may not be aware that the tools should be sharpened.
  • Tomorrow a truckload of mulch arrives and I can start on a lovely cycle of hoe-plant-mulch-repeat.
  • With my back bent and a hoe in my right hand, I pretended to work in a rice field.
  • Many people believe that obtaining a top administrative position without having worked as a faculty member is a tough row to hoe.
  • Such primitive tools as the hoe and wooden plow are used by most of the country's land tillers.
British Dictionary definitions for hoe


any of several kinds of long-handled hand implement equipped with a light blade and used to till the soil, eradicate weeds, etc
verb hoes, hoeing, hoed
to dig, scrape, weed, or till (surface soil) with or as if with a hoe
Derived Forms
hoer, noun
hoelike, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French houe from Germanic: compare Old High German houwā, houwan to hew, German Haue hoe
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Word Origin and History for hoe

mid-14c., from Old French houe (12c.), from Frankish *hauwa, from Proto-Germanic *hawwan (cf. Old High German houwa "hoe, mattock, pick-axe," German Haue), from PIE *kau- "to hew, strike" (see hew). The verb is first recorded early 15c. Related: Hoed; hoeing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hoe

ho 1


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]


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a hard row to hoe

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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