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HO

[hoh] /hoʊ/
noun
1.
(in police use) habitual offender.

Hosea

[hoh-zee-uh, -zey-uh] /hoʊˈzi ə, -ˈzeɪ ə/
noun
1.
a Minor Prophet of the 8th century b.c.
2.
a book of the Bible bearing his name.
Abbreviation: Hos.
Origin
< Hebrew hōshēa', literally, salvation, help
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British Dictionary definitions for hos

ho1

/həʊ/
interjection
1.
Also ho-ho. an imitation or representation of the sound of a deep laugh
2.
an exclamation used to attract attention, announce a destination, etc what ho!, land ho!, westward ho!
Word Origin
C13: of imitative origin; compare Old Norse hó, Old French ho! halt!

ho2

/həʊ/
noun
1.
(US, Black slang) a derogatory term for a woman
Word Origin
C20: from Black or Southern US pronunciation of whore

Ho

Chemical symbol
1.
holmium

HO

abbreviation
1.
head office
2.
(Brit, government) Home Office

Hos.

abbreviation
1.
Hosea

Hosea

/həʊˈzɪə/
noun (Old Testament)
1.
a Hebrew prophet of the 8th century bc
2.
the book containing his oracles
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Word Origin and History for hos
ho
exclamation of surprise, etc., c.1300; as an exclamation calling attention, c.1430. Used after the name of a place to which attention is called (cf. Westward-Ho) it dates from 1593, originally a cry of boatmen, etc., announcing departures for a particular destination. Ho-ho-ho expressing laughter is recorded from c.1150.
Hosea
masc. proper name, from Heb. Hoshea, lit. "salvation," from stem y-sh- "to save."
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hos in Medicine

Ho
The symbol for the element holmium.

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hos in Science
Ho  
The symbol for holmium.
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Slang definitions & phrases for hos

ho 1

noun

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]


ho 2

Related Terms

the heave-ho, right-o


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Related Abbreviations for hos

Ho

  1. holmium
  2. Hosea

Hos.

Hosea
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hos in the Bible

salvation, the son of Beeri, and author of the book of prophecies bearing his name. He belonged to the kingdom of Israel. "His Israelitish origin is attested by the peculiar, rough, Aramaizing diction, pointing to the northern part of Palestine; by the intimate acquaintance he evinces with the localities of Ephraim (5:1; 6:8, 9; 12:12; 14:6, etc.); by passages like 1:2, where the kingdom is styled 'the land', and 7:5, where the Israelitish king is designated as 'our' king." The period of his ministry (extending to some sixty years) is indicated in the superscription (Hos. 1:1, 2). He is the only prophet of Israel who has left any written prophecy.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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