hobo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown. Possibly a contraction of ho, boy or the dialectal English term hawbuck (lout, clumsy fellow, country bumpkin).

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Noun[edit]

hobo (plural hobos or hoboes)

  1. A homeless, usually penniless person, in some way associated with a life along the rails.
  2. A migratory laborer
  3. (pejorative) A tramp, vagabond; hence bum

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used attributively, as if an adjective. For example, "hobo stew", "he was leading a hobo life."

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Verb[edit]

hobo (third-person singular simple present hobos, present participle hoboing, simple past and past participle hoboed)

  1. (intransitive) To be a hobo, tramp, bum etc.
    Joe idly hoboed through half the country till he realized hoboing never gets you anywhere in life.

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Dutch[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French hautbois (from haut 'high' + bois 'wood')

Noun[edit]

hobo m (plural hobo's, diminutive hobootje n)

  1. An oboe, a woodwind melody instrument

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Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

hobo

  1. rōmaji reading of ほぼ