from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- interj. Used to express surprise or joy, to attract attention to something sighted, or to urge onward: Land ho! Westward ho!
- n. Slang A prostitute.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. Used to attract attention to something sighted, usually by lookouts.
- interj. halloo; hey; a call to excite attention, or to give notice of approach
- n. A whore; a sexually loose woman; in general use as a highly offensive name-calling word for a woman with connotations of loose sexuality.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- pro. Who.
- n. A stop; a halt; a moderation of pace.
- interj. Halloo! attend! -- a call to excite attention, or to give notice of approach.
- interj. Stop! stand still! hold! -- a word now used by teamsters, but formerly to order the cessation of anything.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A cry or call uttered to arrest attention; also, an exclamation of satisfaction or exultation.
- In particular, a cry used to stop one who is passing, or to command a stop in some action; now, especially (also written whoa), a cry used to stop a horse or other draft-animal; used imperatively, stop! hold!
- n. A command to keep silence, or to cease from anything.
- n. Cessation; end; pause; intermission.
- To cry out; call out; hail.
- To stop; cease.
- A Middle English form of who.
- See he.
- The chemical symbol of holmium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group; occurs together with yttrium; forms highly magnetic compounds
African American Vernacular English, alteration of whore.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ho, hoo (interjection), probably from Old Norse hó! (interjection, also, a shepherd's call). Compare German ho, Old French ho ! ("hold!, halt!"). (Wiktionary)
An eye dialect corruption of whore, from non-rhotic pronunciations considered typical of African American Vernacular English. Compare mo' (more) and fo' (for, four). (Wiktionary)