Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • But they started to cook with it, beginning with native fry cake, which they called hoe bread or hoecake.

    One Big Table

  • It's a tough row to hoe, in other words, to make the jump from the lower house of Congress to the White House.

    Chris Weigant: Bachmann Rising, Palin Fading?

  • Soulja Boy claimed in this article that his lyrics are not obscene (really, even the word hoe?)

    Giulia Rozzi: Superman that New Year!

  • But you can't just come on a morning television show and say the word hoe without some kind of reference point.

    CNN Transcript Aug 8, 2008

  • -- The word "howes" inserted in connection with various kinds of dogs, is our modern word hoe; Smith has it hows on page 86, and howes on page 162.

    Colonial Records of Virginia

  • The rake formed a T on the end and the hoe was a perfect hook.

    The Thieves of Darkness

  • One suggestion is that the hoe was a chance find recovered in the Middle Ages during stone robbing of a Roman ruin.

    Archaeology of Somerset

  • How do you ban a word that is allowed -- a hoe is a garden tool.

    CNN Transcript Aug 7, 2007

  • Sanders had charged that -- that she was subjected to verbal abuse, that she was called hoe, that Thomas used the "b" word towards her.

    CNN Transcript Oct 2, 2007

  • But Rhavas thought most of the peasants he'd seen were more likely to break a hoe handle over a greedy cleric's head than to cough up a copper, let alone give over gold.

    Bridge of the Separator

Comments

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  • Hav ng trou le typ ng res onse; stu id hoe s not work ng pro erly!

    May 23, 2009

  • Very funny. But my hoe seems rather slow today, or no wait, that's my brain.

    May 22, 2009

  • Or perhaps this?

    May 22, 2009

  • Maybe WeirdNet is referring to pimping?...

    May 22, 2009

  • Wait, I can't read that comment. Let me just adjust the monitor settings on my hoe.

    May 22, 2009

  • Oh, WeirdNet. How you taunt us with your generalizations.

    May 22, 2009

  • WordNet #2?!

    May 22, 2009