Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A tool with a flat blade attached approximately at a right angle to a long handle, used for weeding, cultivating, and gardening.
  • intransitive verb To weed, cultivate, or dig up with a hoe.
  • intransitive verb To work with a hoe.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To play or dance a hoe-down.
  • noun An implement for digging, scraping, or loosening earth, cutting weeds, etc., made in various forms.
  • noun The common dogfish, Squalus acanthias or Acanthias vulgaris; also, a name of several other kinds of sharks. See cut under dogfish.
  • noun See hoey.
  • 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.
  • noun A variant of how.
  • noun An obsolete form of ho.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The horned or piked dogfish. See Dogfish.
  • noun one having the blade set for use in the manner of a spade.
  • noun a kind of cultivator.
  • transitive verb 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.
  • transitive verb [Colloq.] to do one's share of a job.
  • intransitive verb To use a hoe; to labor with a hoe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US, slang Alternative spelling of ho. A prostitute.
  • verb US, slang Alternative spelling of ho. To act as a prostitute.
  • noun An agricultural tool consisting of a long handle with a flat blade fixed perpendicular to it at the end, used for digging rows.
  • verb To use the agricultural tool defined above.
  • noun A piece of land that juts out towards the sea; a promontory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb dig with a hoe
  • noun a tool with a flat blade attached at right angles to a long handle

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English howe, from Old French houe, of Germanic origin; see kau- in Indo-European roots.]

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An eye dialect corruption of whore, from non-rhotic pronunciations considered typical of Ebonics.

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From Middle English howe, from Anglo-Norman houe, from Old Low Franconian *houwa (cf. Middle Dutch houwe), from *houwan 'to hew'. More at hew.

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From Old English ho.

Examples

Comments

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  • WordNet #2?!

    May 22, 2009

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

    May 22, 2009

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

    May 22, 2009

  • Maybe WeirdNet is referring to pimping?...

    May 22, 2009

  • Or perhaps this?

    May 22, 2009

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

    May 22, 2009

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

    May 23, 2009