hoe

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English[edit]

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A hoe

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English howe, from Anglo-Norman houe, from Frankish *hauwa (compare Middle Dutch houwe), from *hauwan (to hew). More at hew.

Noun[edit]

hoe (plural hoes)

  1. An agricultural tool consisting of a long handle with a flat blade fixed perpendicular to it at the end, used for digging rows.
    • 2009, TRU TV, 28 March:
      It was obvious that it consisted of several blows to the head from the hoe.
  2. The horned or piked dogfish.
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hoe (third-person singular simple present hoes, present participle hoeing, simple past and past participle hoed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To cut, dig, scrape, turn, arrange, or clean, with this tool.
    to hoe the earth in a garden
    Every year, I hoe my garden for aeration.
    I always take a shower after I hoe in my garden.
  2. (transitive) To clear from weeds, or to loosen or arrange the earth about, with a hoe.
    to hoe corn
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

hoe (plural hoes)

  1. (US, slang) Alternative spelling of ho A prostitute.
    • 2002, Eithne Quinn, Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap
      […] this chapter […] will […] explore why pimp (and hoe) characters, with their dramatic staging of gendered and occupational relations […] have taken such hold of the black youth imagination
    • 2003, Dan Harrington, The Good Eye
      At school they had been among the only couples that had not done “it” at the Pimp & Hoe parties that popped up occasionally at the dorm
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hoe (third-person singular simple present hoes, present participle hoeing, simple past and past participle hoed)

  1. (US, slang) Alternative spelling of ho To act as a prostitute.
    • 2003, Da’rel the Relentless One, M. T. Pimp
      Pimpin’ came so naturally to MT when he and his sisters played pimp and hoe games that one of his sisters wanted to hoe for him when they grew up.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old English ho.

Noun[edit]

hoe (plural hoes)

  1. A piece of land that juts out towards the sea; a promontory.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Now used only in placenames e.g. "Plymouth Hoe".

Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch hoe.

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hoe

  1. how

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Angor[edit]

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Noun[edit]

hoe

  1. water

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch huo, from Proto-Germanic *hwō.

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hoe

  1. how

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Finnish[edit]

Verb[edit]

hoe

  1. Indicative present connegative form of hokea.
  2. Second-person singular imperative present form of hokea.
  3. Second-person singular imperative present connegative form of hokea.

Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian (compare Fijian voce, Maori hoe).

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hoe

  1. oar

Maori[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian (compare Fijian voce, Hawaiian hoe).

Noun[edit]

hoe

  1. oar

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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hoe f (definite singular hoa, indefinite plural hoer, definite plural hoene)

  1. Alternative form of ho

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

hoe f (oblique plural hoes, nominative singular hoe, nominative plural hoes)

  1. hoe (tool)

West Frisian[edit]

Adverb[edit]

hoe

  1. how (interrogative, relative)