hoedown

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1835–45, Americanism; hoe +‎ down. Social gathering after work time has finished

Noun[edit]

hoedown (plural hoedowns)

  1. A type of American folk or square dance.
    John and Susie went to the square dance and did the hoedown.
    • 2012, Tom Lamont, How Mumford & Sons became the biggest band in the world (in The Guardian, 15 November 2012)[1]
      Soon Marshall is doing an elaborate foot-to-foot jig, and then they're all bounding around. Shoulder dips. Yee-ha faces. It's an impromptu hoedown.
  2. The type of music typically played for such a dance
  3. A gathering at which such dances take place.
    We have to get to the hoedown before noon, or we'll be late.

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Verb[edit]

hoedown (third-person singular simple present hoedowns, present participle hoedowning, simple past and past participle hoedowned)

  1. To dance a hoedown dance
    • 2012, Tom Lamont, How Mumford & Sons became the biggest band in the world (in The Daily Telegraph, 15 November 2012)[2]
      Having spent the day in the company of this thoughtful, friendly, uncommonly levelheaded band – charmed, completely – a protective part of me sort of wishes they wouldn't hoedown

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