from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tool with a flat blade attached approximately at a right angle to a long handle, used for weeding, cultivating, and gardening.
- transitive v. To weed, cultivate, or dig up with a hoe.
- intransitive v. To work with a hoe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An agricultural tool consisting of a long handle with a flat blade fixed perpendicular to it at the end, used for digging rows.
- v. To use the agricultural tool defined above.
- n. Alternative spelling of ho. A prostitute.
- v. Alternative spelling of ho. To act as a prostitute.
- n. A piece of land that juts out towards the sea; a promontory.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tool chiefly for digging up weeds, and arranging the earth about plants in fields and gardens. It is made of a flat blade of iron or steel having an eye or tang by which it is attached to a wooden handle at an acute angle.
- n. The horned or piked dogfish. See Dogfish.
- transitive v. To cut, dig, scrape, turn, arrange, or clean, with a hoe; ; also, to clear from weeds, or to loosen or arrange the earth about, with a hoe.
- intransitive v. To use a hoe; to labor with a hoe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An implement for digging, scraping, or loosening earth, cutting weeds, etc., made in various forms.
- To cut, dig, scrape, or clean with a hoe.
- To clear from weeds or cultivate with a hoe: as, to hoe turnips or cabbages.
- To use a hoe.
- n. The common dogfish, Squalus acanthias or Acanthias vulgaris; also, a name of several other kinds of sharks. See cut under dogfish.
- n. A variant of how.
- n. An obsolete form of ho.
- To play or dance a hoe-down.
- n. See hoey.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. dig with a hoe
- n. a tool with a flat blade attached at right angles to a long handle
Middle English howe, from Old French houe, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English howe, from Anglo-Norman houe, from Old Low Franconian *houwa (cf. Middle Dutch houwe), from *houwan 'to hew'. More at hew. (Wiktionary)
An eye dialect corruption of whore, from non-rhotic pronunciations considered typical of Ebonics. (Wiktionary)
From Old English ho. (Wiktionary)