hoe

[hoh]
noun
1.
a long-handled implement having a thin, flat blade usually set transversely, used to break up the surface of the ground, destroy weeds, etc.
2.
any of various implements of similar form, as for mixing plaster or mortar.
verb (used with object), hoed, hoeing.
3.
to dig, scrape, weed, cultivate, etc., with a hoe.
verb (used without object), hoed, hoeing.
4.
to use a hoe.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English howe < Old French houe < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch houwe, Old High German houwa mattock; akin to hew

hoer, noun
hoelike, adjective
unhoed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To hoes
Collins
World English Dictionary
hoe (həʊ)
 
n
1.  any of several kinds of long-handled hand implement equipped with a light blade and used to till the soil, eradicate weeds, etc
 
vb , hoes, hoeing, hoed
2.  to dig, scrape, weed, or till (surface soil) with or as if with a hoe
 
[C14: via Old French houe from Germanic: compare Old High German houwā, houwan to hew, German Haue hoe]
 
'hoer
 
n
 
'hoelike
 
adj

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

hoe
1363, from O.Fr. houe (12c.), from Frank. *hauwa (cf. O.H.G. houwa "hoe, mattock, pick-axe"), related to O.E. heawan "to cut" (see hew). The verb is first recorded c.1430. Hoe-cake, 1745, Amer.Eng., was said originally to have been baked on the broad thin blade of a cotton-field
hoe. Hoedown "noisy dance" first recorded 1841, probably from perceived parallel of dance motions to those of farm chores.
"As to dancing, no Long-Island negro could shuffle you 'double trouble,' or 'hoe corn and dig potatoes' more scientifically." [Washington Irving, "Salmagundi," March 7, 1807]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang Dictionary

hoe definition


and ho
  1. n.
    a prostitute; a whore. (Originally black. Streets.) : Get them hoes outa here!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Garden centers and mail-order companies offer many sorts of hoes.
Scenes featured workers hefting hoes and spades, or farm maidens bearing
  sheaves and sickles.
On the outside, the greeting card shows an elderly farming couple with rakes
  and hoes standing beside a giant watermelon.
Draw or swan neck hoes are useful for leveling or weeding.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;