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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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Examples from the Web for hosen
Historical Examples
  • A man must not come forthe with his kercheif, or quaife one his head, nor yet stroke up his hosen uppon his legges in company.

    A Renaissance Courtesy-book Giovanni Della Casa
  • He hath been in here to consult us as to his patches, hosen, and I know not what beside.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I met the young damsel yesterday, and I think she wore no hosen.

    Maid Sally Harriet A. Cheever
  • Drawers was hose, or hosen,now applied to the lining for trousers.

  • These (with hosen and fan (faes)) are the only plurals in n preserved in Northern English.

    The Bruce John Barbour
  • Down the hill they come in hosen and their saddles are but light, And loose their girths.

    The Lay of the Cid R. Selden Rose
  • Some cast away their coats, some their hosen, some their hats.

    Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson
  • Their legs and hips were covered with hosen, often in different colors.

  • So she did off hosen and shoon, and I led her by the hand, and it took her but up to mid-leg.

  • When he marked the falling glaive he deemed that his day had come, for he was a naked man, clad in nought but his shirt and hosen.

British Dictionary definitions for hosen


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 hosen



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 hosen



  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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hosen in the Bible

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

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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