American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood.
- n. A migrant worker.
- v. To live or wander like a vagrant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tramp.
- n. A homeless, usually penniless person, in some way associated with a life along the rails.
- n. A migratory laborer
- n. pejorative A tramp, vagabond; hence bum
- v. intransitive To be a hobo, tramp, bum etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. United States A professional tramp; one who spends his life traveling from place to place, esp. by stealing rides on trains, and begging for a living.
- n. a disreputable vagrant
- Possibly a contraction of ho, boy or English dialect hawbuck ("lout, clumsy fellow, country bumpkin"). (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Meanwhile, enigmatic women dressed in hobo chic execute dance and aerial moves.”
“Then you have some hobo from the female species on here begging people to vote democratic or independent in 2012.”
“Then there are places like the quarries at Rutland, Vermont, where the hobo is exploited, the unearned energy in his body, which he has accumulated by "battering on the drag" or "slamming gates," being extracted for the benefit of that particular community.”
“I didn't see Bat Guano use the term "hobo" - that seems to be your little editorial addition to the conversation.”
“At the same time, as a lover of pubs and clubs, gigs and parties, I'd have to say that the vibrant indie scene focused around the West End (Glasgow's East Village) quite simply rocks, at least as far as this "pomo boho homo hobo" is concerned.”
“alongside their own label hobo, here you'll find international designers from the far reaches of denmark to brazil. may not post new threads you may not”
“And while there are always going to be those who cry foul at any depiction of a woman as a sex object, the hobo is the least likely sex object in the history of cinema.”
“Not exactly what we used to call a hobo dinner, is it?”
“For example, in 1997 my friend (and then coworker) Ross Raihala was interviewing Art Linkletter, and Linkletter became upset when Ross used the terms hobo and bum interchangeably (apparently, Linkletter had worked as a hobo in his twenties and found the word bum to be mildly offensive).”
“But it was compassion for the homeless that prompted one man to invent what some are calling the hobo condo on wheels.”
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