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[hohz] /hoʊz/
noun, plural hose for 2, 3; hoses for 1, 4, 5; (Archaic) hosen
[hoh-zuh n] /ˈhoʊ zən/ (Show IPA)
a flexible tube for conveying a liquid, as water, to a desired point:
a garden hose; a fire hose.
(used with a plural verb) an article of clothing for the foot and lower part of the leg; stocking or sock.
  1. an article of clothing for the leg, extending from about the knee to the ankle and worn with knee breeches.
  2. (used with a plural verb) knee breeches.
  3. (used with a plural verb) tights, as were worn with, and usually attached to, a doublet.
British Dialect. a sheath, or sheathing part, as that enclosing a kernel of grain.
Golf. hosel.
verb (used with object), hosed, hosing.
to water, wash, spray, or drench by means of a hose (often followed by down):
to hose the garden; to hose down the ship's deck.
  1. to cheat, trick, or take advantage of.
  2. to defeat decisively.
  3. to reject.
  4. Chiefly Military. to attack or assault (an area) in order to gain control quickly (sometimes followed by down).
Origin of hose
before 1100; (noun) Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch hoos, Old Norse hosa, German Hose; (v.) Middle English: to provide with hose, derivative of the noun
Related forms
hoseless, adjective
hoselike, adjective
unhosed, adjective Unabridged
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  • And the front porch has to be hosed off for Sunday; never mind the neighbors until my work's finished, son.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • Well, they've hosed the place out; that's as much as can be expected, I suppose.

    The Ebb-Tide Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
  • I stood before him, ashamed yet glad, hosed and doubleted like a boy, in the Summer Pavilion.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for hosed


a flexible pipe, for conveying a liquid or gas
(sometimes foll by down) to wash, water, or sprinkle (a person or thing) with or as if with a hose
Word Origin
C15: later use of hose²


noun (pl) hose, hosen
stockings, socks, and tights collectively
(history) a man's garment covering the legs and reaching up to the waist; worn with a doublet
half-hose, socks
Word Origin
Old English hosa; related to Old High German hosa, Dutch hoos, Old Norse hosa
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Word Origin and History for hosed



late Old English, hosa "covering for the leg," from Proto-Germanic *husan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse hosa, Middle High German hose "covering for the leg," German Hose "trousers"), literally "covering," from PIE *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). Old French hose, Old Spanish huesa are of Germanic origin. Sense of "flexible rubber tube for liquid" is first attested late 15c.


c.1300, "to furnish with stockings," from hose (n.). Meaning "to water down with a hose" is from 1889. Related: Hosed; hosing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hosed



Being in a bad spot or unfortunate situation; screwed: hosed on the shipping cost



  1. A sexually promiscuous woman (1980s+ Students)
  2. The penis


  1. To do the sex act with or to; bonk, jazz, screw: Do you still want to hose her some more tonight? (1940s+)
  2. To cheat; deceive; dupe; screw, shaft: He's not going out of his way to hose Nico/ I got news for you. You got hosed (1940s+)
  3. To turn down; reject; snub: They're afraid of getting hosed (1960s+ Students)

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr a rare but found hose, ''penis,'' whereupon the term would be analogous to diddle, fuck, screw, shaft, etc]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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hosed in Technology
A somewhat humorous variant of "down", used primarily by Unix hackers. "Hosed" implies a condition thought to be relatively easy to reverse. It is also widely used of people in the mainstream sense of "in an extremely unfortunate situation". The term was popularised by fighter pilots refering to being hosed by machine gun fire (date?). Usage in hackerdom dates back to CMU in the 1970s or earlier.
"Acronyms and Abbreviations" from UCC, Ireland ( expands it as "Hardware Or Software Error Detected", though this is probably a back-formation.
The Jargon File version 4.1.4 1999-06-17 says that it was probably derived from the Canadian slang "hoser" (meaning "a man, esp. one who works at a job that uses physical rather than mental skills and whose habits are slightly offensive but amusing").
One correspondant speculates about an allusion to a hose-like body part.
Once upon a time, a Cray that had been experiencing periodic difficulties crashed, and it was announced to have been hosed. It was discovered that the crash was due to the disconnection of some coolant hoses. The problem was corrected, and users were then assured that everything was OK because the system had been rehosed. See also dehose.
See also: hose.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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hosed in the Bible

(Dan. 3:21), a tunic or undergarment.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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